Holiday Traditions

December 19, 2014

Holiday Seasons… a wonderful time to reminisce in all that is steeped in tradition.

It can also be filled with hustle and bustle, setting expectations a bit too high (ask me how I know this…) rushing to get everything in, getting everything done, then all too soon it is over… you may have not taken a minute of time to really ENJOY the season with all that accompanies this festive time of year.

I encourage you to remember holiday traditions you cherish.   Try to steal a bit of time to do the things that make your holiday sparkle…

The cookies – always a favorite tradition…

cookies

Stockings on the mantle are a must at our gatherings…  and they must be stuffed with many small wrapped packages (even if they KNOW they will get a new toothbrush, ink pens, socks, lip balm and other the usual practicalities, year after year, these are as much the tradition as are the stockings!).

stockings

The sound of the season makes hearts sing and calms the soul…

music

There are those of us that like to make the quilts on the beds match the season!

chquilt

As well as our walls..

stockings

And the tables…

crunner

Many decorate a tree and watch the magic of twinkling lights and sparkling decorations…

ctree

Elf on the Shelf is a favorite for my grandchildren and now we have Mensch on a Bench for our Jewish friends…

elfm

There are so many, many more….

….hands down the best tradition of all is the blessing of FAMILY….

fam

It is important too, during this season to remember…..

for many…. the holidays are not always a joy filled time….  some have lost a loved one, some folks are alone, some are ill or caring for terminally ill….  some families may not have food or even proper winter shelter not to mention a gift…..

Sadly, for many this may be a Blue Christmas…

 

Please, take a moment to drop donations in the Red Kettles, offer goods to food pantries, give to various efforts in your community to gather toys, food and gifts for folks and families that are struggling…

In the spirit of the season, let tradition take you to a place of peace.

 

In the spirit of giving let’s do our part to help others.

 
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To you and yours, our wish is blessings galore plus good health, happiness and abundance… this season and every season…

happy holidays





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