It’s raining at the back fence today. No snow for the week before Christmas. Here in West Michigan, we sorta expect the white stuff for the holidays. (For the entire winter, actually.) So I wonder what kind of holiday spirit we will have if our Christmas isn’t traditionally “white”. And will it really matter?
To be truthful, I never had a snowy Christmas until I married and moved North. Coming from the Texas Hill Country, snow just wasn’t what happened there in winter. There are areas of Texas where snow does fall in winter, but I hadn’t experienced any of it, so it wasn’t a tradition for me. But it is for our kids and grandkids, so I keep looking out the window every day, hoping to see the white stuff fluttering out of the sky to make young eyes light up. I still miss warm weather.
Traditions – some you love and some you don’t.
Do you have holiday traditions that you observe every Christmas? This year, circumstances dictated that we suspend some of ours and I’m wondering if it will really change anything. It will be interesting to find out.
For the first time, we will observe our holiday on New Year’s Day since some family members will be out of the state on Christmas Day.
For the first time, our tree has only lights, no ornaments. It’s doubtful if I will get the inside decorations up in time for the family gathering. But it will be less work to put everything away, right?
For the first time, I’m not cooking a turkey with all the trimmings. Daughter #1 will do the honors and bring it over on Christmas Day. At our all-family New Year’s Day gathering, everyone will bring something. A great idea. What’s not to like?
For the first time, the angel isn’t on top of the tree because the tree is too small for it. This one, I really miss.
For the first time, I’ve let others do most of my gift shopping for me. Can’t say I miss the crowds or the stress, so maybe this one is a good one, also. After all, every one will get the gift they like. No exchanges needed. But, somehow, it’s not the same. Maybe next year, I’ll do a little each month.
For the first time, I haven’t knitted a baby afghan for the newest addition to our family. (Hand surgery will correct that soon, I hope) I hope to keep knitting as long as the fingers hold out.
For the first time, I haven’t sent Christmas cards. I’m very sad about this. Next year, I’ll start on them in October.
For the first time, the house doesn’t have that holiday baking aroma drifting through it. I miss this a lot. Maybe I’ll do some baking once a month in 2012.
Will all these changes affect the way we celebrate? I hope not. In fact, I’ve been thinking maybe it’s time to adopt some new family traditions. If not this year, maybe next year. So I’ll approach the family and get their input. We’re a creative bunch, so maybe a Christmas with only homemade gifts would be a fun thing to do. I haven’t finished my WHERE I’M FROM notebooks, so I will work on them for next year. Planning ahead would be a first for me. That would be a new tradition, for sure.
I’m not sure how this Christmas will pan out, but I know we’ll have a wonderful time, with or without our usual traditions. As our family grows, our traditions will change. Like it or not, that’s a fact of life we can’t control. So maybe the answer is attitude. It won’t matter whether or not we do the same thing every year if we keep our ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.
I wish all y’all a Wonderful Holiday Season, wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate. I won’t be blogging next Thursday, so you’ll have two weeks to comment here about your own thoughts on traditions. I hope you’ll share them.
Hope I’ll see y’all here at my back fence next year. I’ll have more news and blogs to share, so stop by and see what’ll be happening here in 2012.