I am told to feel free to respond, or not. She will be sending 1-2 questions per week. And, if I want to play along, but would prefer to answer in person, she will give me a call.
That is an offer I can’t refuse. So here goes on this week's questions. And as she says, play along if you like.
Describe a favourite family Christmas Tradition
Having spent so many Christmases, this question just about stymied me.
Do I love the traditions of my parents? Yes.
Do I love the traditions of the family I had. Yes.
When I was discussing this question with Wyona she said that the best tradition is to have no tradition. Just do what works for a few years, and when that is done, pick up something new and go with it for a few more years, and so on. There is more than a grain of truth here.
I used to have my house filled with Christmas decorations. Now just a few are fine with me even though I have more house now, since I am sharing it with fewer people.
I used to fill my home with baking. Now a large tin box of Walkers Shortbread from Costco will do.
I used to make hundreds of pounds of chocolates. Literally. Now a days, few people do the hand dipped chocolates, but when they do, I am glad to have a few that are slipped my way.
I used to help Santa with gifts for children. Now he has other helpers.
Traditionally, I used to long for framed pictures of famous Christmas art for my walls. Now I have an 8” x 6” piece from Brook Melchin’s series of Christmas cards – mine is black and white though his originals are coloured. Just the right size and I can leave it up all year. I chose the piece where Mary is on a donkey and Joseph is walking towards Bethlemen to pay his taxes. I pay mine in a much easier way – just direct deposit to the CRA. And as for Christmas art, I have a piece of art done by Catherine at Relief Society – “Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God …” All of the important words written on a piece of gold lamme. Or fake gold, but it is the same to me.
My singular-to-me tradition has been to go shopping and enjoy the decorations to buy (without doing so, if it is at all possible) More importantly I fill my soul with the magnificent store decorations that fill the ceilings of stores and hang from rafters in malls. I love looking at those. I will still sit on a bench and do that, adding to it my own wonder at the gift of being my age and still able to see.
|A Charlie Brown Christmas|
Yes, Wyona is right. Pack the season with the traditions from our culture. Lay some aside. Take others up. Pick and choose from the beauty and cultural wealth that abounds.
And wishing you all a Merry Christmas.
Only three months to go.