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When I was a kid, we put our shoes by the fireplace before going to bed the night before. When we woke up in the morning, St. Nicholas would have filled our shoes with candy and a small present. It was like a little taste of Christmas before the main event.
I especially liked it as a kid because no one else in my class had St. Nicholas visit them. Although I was fairly sure, even early on, that St. Nicholas was my mom, I still got extra presents before all of my other friends. It was sort of like being Jewish without all the confusing stuff.
We had a lot of Christmas traditions growing up: the advent wreath, the advent calendar, the Christmas countdown chain, Santa Lucia Day. plonq made the saffron buns for me last year for St. Lucia Day, and we have a set of angel chimes which I try to set up and light at least once a season, and my parents sent us small St. Nicholas gifts a few times, but other than that I haven't really celebrated any of these traditions.
While I was thinking about this, I felt a bit sad. These seemed like such a huge part of the season to me at once time. But the more I thought about what we do do for Christmas, I realized that we've accidentally built up our own set of Christmas traditions. These traditions have morphed and changed a bit over the years as our lives and situations evolved. For example, for a few years we went out for Chinese food Christmas Eve, over purchased, and had the leftovers on Christmas Day. For the past few years, though, we've attended church on Christmas Eve, and have had a nice dinner with friends on Christmas Day. Both traditions - Chinese and dinner with friends - are nice. And both seemed to fit the season well, for us.
I guess traditions aren't unnecessarily writ in stone.
There was no candy in my shoe this morning, but that doesn't mean Christmas isn't on the way. I'm looking forward to it.
- Current Mood: tired
Ply me with goodies of fannish types, if you please.
“Yeah, I made a mistake looking up Downton Abbey on IMDB,” I said.
“Well, I was trying to figure out where I knew some of the actors from. And I forgot that IMDB tells you how many episodes they’re in.”
“You dork. You’re just starting Season Two,” said Gini.
“I know! But it lied. It said that Limp Jesus appeared in every episode, but he wasn’t in the last one!”
“You know. The butler-dude with the limp. He’s gone, and now everyone’s talking about him like he’s Aslan.”
“He has a name! His name is Mr. Bates! Do you remember no one?”
“Yeah. There’s Lord Noble, and Bitchy Single Girl, and Snitchy Sister, and Dark Butler, and Cataract Girl, and….”
“You can remember the name of Aslan, but you can’t remember one name in the entire cast of Downton Abbey!?!?”
“Well, if there was a talking Lion-God in the cast of Downton Abbey, I’d remember his fucking name!”
Gini eyed me suspiciously. “I’m not sure you would,” she said. “I’m not sure you would.”
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.This entry has also been posted at http://theferrett.dreamwidth.org/358835.h
The dogs love this weather. Al could play out in the snow all day. Penny prefers to spend her time inside by the fire. We ended up with somewhere between 4.5 and 6 inches of snow, which gave me a chance to wear the fancy new boots.
OK, they're not all that fancy; they're from Payless. But they keep my feet warm.
In honor of the snow, we set up our tree and used the 'white' ornaments. Yes, the tree is on top of the TV armoire. It's a 4 footer, and the star is too heavy and needs to be replaced.
Those ornaments all used to go on our big 8' tree (since we have the dogs, we got rid of that tree) so they're too large for this tree. We also haven't set up the second tree (the colorful one with homemade ornaments) since we got the dogs, and probably won't until the dogs are geriatric.
The blue ornaments are new this year. I was taking those to the Meet and Greet event I was supposed to attend in DFW Saturday, but since I've decided not to risk 8 hours of questionable roads, I went ahead and put them on the tree. We were supposed to bring some ornaments related to our books, so this was my best shot. Blue for the old blue-and-white flag of Portugal (it wasn't green and red until 1911 or so.) I suspect it looks more like Hanukah/Christmas hybrid tree...