Friday, December 10, 2010

Finding Christmas #2: Traditions & Symbols

Our family doesn't have a lot of Traditions that must happen every Christmas like a lot of people I know. Some traditions faded as life changed over the years. Other than food and treats and chocolate I had to think long and hard about what I repeatedly do each year. 

Advent Calendar: When my kids were little I was an Avon Lady (yup me selling makeup and bath gels!). One year I bought the Avon Countdown Calendars. We only have 1 left since my daughter moved out but on December 1st, I make sure the one for my son is full of Hershey Kisses. This year I picked up the candy on November 30th and filled the calendar pockets at 9:00 at night. But I knew my 25 year old son would like that. He gets two Kisses everyday. I also fill one for my DH but he only got 1 Kiss in each pocket this year (you might remember me eating half a bag of kisses a few weeks ago—otherwise he would have had 2).

Candles: I adore candles and light as many as I can throughout the year but especially at Christmas as it gets dark so early—by 4:30 pm. The room glows and along with the fire burning, it is so cozy. Candles are a symbol of light in darkness and universal in spreading hope.

Christmas Cactus: Every December my Christmas Cactus begins to flower for about 6 weeks. Since it blooms during Christmas it became a symbol of the birth of Christ. I have two which die down by the end of January and sit dormant only to flower again around Easter. Not all plants do but Easter symbolizes the resurrection and rebirth. When I first notice the blooms, I begin to think that Christmas will soon be here and it gives me a good feeling.

Hoping you enjoy your holiday traditions in the coming weeks.

9 comments:

Blossom said...

I used to love those advent calendars! Who wouldn't love chocolate every day!

Robin said...

I never had chocolate in my Advent calendars. The treat was seeing that little picture and number behind the flap.

tessierose said...

Love it! I used to have an Advent callendar, my kids loved to take the item out of the pocket! The cactus is beautiful!

amandakiska said...

Cool!

LDswims said...

Beautiful traditions.

Silverhairedgoddess said...

Beautiful flowers!

I use to have an advent calendar every year for my daughter too - now she does it for her two children.

Its a wonderful tradition to have !

That's funny about about the chocolate kisses :)

Linda said...

I'm loving your Christmas posts. I got a big advent calendar this year and love putting notes and candy in it. It's a great tradition.

Lap Band Gal said...

Yay for advent calendars!!!!!!

Cindylew said...

Very cool...I love you tootsie roll.

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