There once was a time when Christmas was about more than the presents under the tree. With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it can be easy to forget to take the time for those precious moments with your family and friends. This year, think about starting or continuing one of these Christmas traditions—you’ll make memories your family will cherish for years and years to come. Our holiday traditions have changed over the years as our family has grown up, some the same, some new ones to add.
Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever. This quote reminds me of the yearly chocolate making with my gal friends we been doing this for thirty years and gingerbread houses we make in our family that become part of the decorations. Slowly all the candies on them disappear. Huh- wonder where these delicious morsels go.
The best present on Christmas is spending some good time with family realizing the importance of love, sharing things that give you real joy. Christmas is the time to enjoy, have fun with your family.
Hunting for that perfect Christmas tree and decorating it together, and putting up those favorite decorations that have been in the family for years. In my family we have a ragged old pine-cone my son made in kindergarten that has to be placed right in the front, a place of honor, even after thirty-five years.
Part of the joy of the season is reminiscing about what makes your family unique. Ask your parents and grandparents about their holiday customs growing up or what they received as gifts when they were kids. Celebrate what makes you family, especially the silly or quirky traditions that bring those precious smiles and laughter filling the room. Our special pine cone ornament falls into this category. Every family has something to share year after year.
May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve service and tobogganing at midnight under the beautiful stars. A magical feeling, especially if it is lightly snowing.Watching those favorite Christmas movies, Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Christmas Vacation, the list goes on. Which is your favorite?
In our community we have the annual Christmas Festival, Candy Cane Ball and of course our visits and photos with our favorite Santa. The last few years we have seen our Fire Department (Terrible Carolers) make their way around Warman spreading Christmas cheer and collecting for our food bank. How wonderful to have these traditions that bring us all together, and also that stand the test of time.
How about those Strange
traditions- The story goes that when German families decorate the Christmas tree, the last ornament to be hung is the Christmas pickle - usually a blown glass ornament, (but not always) that may have been passed down through generations. It is tucked away in a hard-to-see spot (it is green, after all). The first child who finds the pickle on Christmas morning gets a special gift and good luck all the next year.
The celebration of Christmas in Asia usually involves imported western traditions, but in Japan those traditions have been shaped by commercial interests. The holidays place special emphasis on romantic love, so it's a day to spend with a sweetheart or spouse. Bakeries sell Christmas cakes as traditional sweetheart treats. And you might have to make reservations to get a table at KFC. Yes, Kentucky Fried Chicken. The fast food is traditional for the Christmas feast.
Whatever your Christmas traditions might be, take the time to enjoy the season, and the people you share it with.
Dr. Seuss said it best this way “Christmas will always be, (traditions and all) as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and all the best in 2019.