A Christmas Tradition

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Hello everyone. Been a few days since my last blog. How is everyone getting on with your Christmas shopping and preparations? I realize there may be those of you that do not celebrate Christmas. I would love to hear from some of you on maybe your Christmas traditions, and maybe other traditions if you don’t do Christmas. I would welcome any and all responses. I love learning about other cultures.

Speaking of traditions, there is one that started when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old.

Up until I was probably 8 or 9 years old, I woke up to the traditional “Santa Clause”, where I would get up Christmas morning and run into the living room and there would the stuff Santa had left for me. Of course my dad would always tease me and ask me if I thought I had been good enough for Santa to bring anything. I really miss those days with my dad.

Now mind you, this living room as it was called, was never used except at holidays or when special company would come visit. The floors were so clean and shiny you could have literally eaten off them.

But the tradition that I was referring to was my extended family would all gather at midnight on Christmas Eve and celebrate Christmas. Cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, grandparents would all show up with presents, and good heavens at the food! There was so much food, we had leftovers for days. “Too many hungry folks to throw away food”, mama would always say.

Even though we have loved ones that have passed on, we still uphold that tradition. We have modified the time a bit, due to babies coming along and such. We now try to eat around 7:00 p.m. and then open presents.

In latter years, we have tried to get back to what the true meaning of Christmas is to us. We have cut down on the commercialism and we do a lot of handmade gifts.

As I stated before, we all do not celebrate Christmas. This world is truly a melting pot of many different cultures and beliefs. As for me and my family we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Again, I welcome all comments about your beliefs and traditions and celebrations. Learning about other cultures and beliefs is very fascinating to me and brings us all together somehow.

Whatever your beliefs, take this time of year for family. Spend time together, tell the people you love that you love them, do something nice for someone and remember the less fortunate.

Take care everyone and thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts today.

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