Time for Traditions
As we move into the holiday season, memories of traditions come prominently into our view and consciousness. I have a mental checklist that starts the weekend following Thanksgiving. It begins with writing and mailing Christmas cards and bringing out the Christmas decorations – that includes a Santa collection. That leads us into our St. Nicholas Day celebrations which began when our kids were little and we wanted a way to move away from the commercialism of Christmas. Being part Dutch, celebrating St. Nicholas was a natural fit. We would all go shopping for a small, special gift for the person’s name we drew (Dad took two kids and I took two). Then we would meet up for a dinner of corn chowder and exchange gifts. We are now trying to share that tradition with grandchildren.
Another tradition of our Christmas season is our annual open house for family and friends. This started twelve years ago to celebrate our angel, Jacob, and the gifts he gave us in his life. He had touched so many people that we knew we had to continue to share his spirit, especially at this time of year. He is our star that lights our path and guides our hearts.
So, in this season of joy, let me leave you with these thoughts:
“Every act of love is a work of peace, no matter how small.” ~ Mother Teresa
“For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.” ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
until next time…