When I first learned of the blog party I'm writing this post for (see the bottom of this post for information on said blog party) I wasn't sure I'd be able to write anything for it. "My family doesn't have traditions," I said to myself. Then I thought about it for a moment, and that's when I realized; we do!
Each year the decorations go up on or as soon as possible after December 1st. I don't remember a time it was later than the end of the first week in December we put the decorations up, and most years it is actually December 1st that the decorations at least begin to be put up; even if it's the following day before they're finished. This year I was late for us, I didn't get our decorations up until December 5th, but it was still the first week; like it always was when I was growing up.
We still have Christmas stockings, which we still put out after bath time on Christmas Eve ready for "Santa" to fill them. The difference is that these days I know how they get filled, and I don't go to bed almost as soon as I lay out my stocking. We also still get a present under the tree from "Santa" which "somehow" gets muddled in with all the other presents under the tree (that always baffled me when I was a child, LOL!) And, yes, the stockings and "Santa pressie" apply to pets too!
We also have advent calenders, despite the fact we begin our holiday celebrations a couple of days early, and despite the fact that not only are we no longer children (the main audience for advent calenders) but Kelly and I are both Pagan. I've always had an advent calender, and I see no reason to stop now; adults like chocolate too, and so do Pagans! Also, it's fun counting the days with a little chocolate, and wondering each day when you open that little door what you'll find inside!
And, as of this year, we're starting a couple of new traditions.
For one thing, due to wanting to combine our Yule and Christmas celebrations, Kelly and I will be begining our celebrations on December 21st, and continuing them up to and including December 26th; we used to do something on the 21st to acknowledge Yule, but we want to combine the celebrations properly as of this year.
In doing this we're making a slight change in that we're having a "holiday feast" on December 26th instead of having Christmas dinner. For one thing this is because it's customary for Pagan celebrrations to end with feasting, for another this is because we have several people we'd like to call and talk to on Christmas Day - especially with us now living nowhere near any of either of our families - so we figured we'd free up most of the day to spend it talking to family members, leaving the cooking and eating of our holiday feast for the following day instead.
The other new things we're starting this year involve decorations.
I wanted us to start making a holiday decoration each year, so we'll be doing that; I thought it would be a nice activity to do together (even if we make seporate decorations but do it at the same time sat beside each other, if you know what I mean). Plus, it's always nice to take out handmade things and say, "remember when we made this?" And hopefully start remembering happy memories of the year we made it.
Also, on Thursday Kelly came home with a beautiful glass angel tree ornament (photos to come at a later date) and announced that starting this year he wants us to buy a new ornament for our tree as well as making something; which I agreed to.
Today I'm participating in another blog party - the second of three I'm participating in this holiday season. The theme of today's blog party is holiday traditions. Click on the button below to read about the traditions of other partiers: