We all have our treasured Christmas traditions. In my world, many of those traditions have changed and are still changing. Fast.
For instance, our family used to gather right after Thanksgiving, cram ourselves into a couple vehicles, and head for the mountains. With boots crunching the hard packed snow, we spent chilly hours choosing the perfect tree for each household, roping them to the tops of the SUVs. Then, with our breaths icy puffs, we waited while my mom poured steaming hot chocolate from an oversized thermos, passing us each a mug to warm our hands and our tummies.
Back home at the folk’s, she warmed up a big pot of beef burger soup which we downed with grilled cheese sandwiches. A nice change from the turkey overload. Then, time for the tree trimming to begin.
Eventually, the tree-cutting custom became too much for my aging parents. A store-bought, fake tree did the honors for the next several seasons. A tradition lost. And missed. Ah…nostalgia knocks.
Fast-forward ten or so years. One parent passed away and we keep Christmas much differently now. My daughter is married with a family of her own. It’s good to have little ones excited about decorating the tree again. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say, “…excited about pulling ornaments off the tree.”
Gift cards for iTunes, Blue Ray DVDs, or the latest technological gadgets have replaced the shirt and tie as popular presents. It really is a new day.
This year, there were changes for me, too. I finally dumped my dial-up for wireless. Got an iPhone. (Joined the twenty-first century.) And decided to decorate my Pinterest page for the holidays. Yep. Took valuable time away from the vacuuming, true, but I managed to find a Christmasy cover for each of my Pinterest boards. (Minus one.) It was such fun – almost as if I was stringing sparkly lights on the tree!
Too much? Probably. Overkill is my middle name. But take a look at http://pinterest.com/cathyelliott10/ (or follow me by clicking on the red Pinterest button to the right) and see what you think.
Hey, maybe I’ve just started a new tradition.
Many thanks to Foter for the great pictures.
Photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelloggphotography/385146642/”>Whirling Phoenix</a> / <a href=”http://foter.com”>Foter</a> / <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>CC BY-NC-ND</a>
Photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/61493316@N00/”>Zellaby</a> / <a href=”http://foter.com”>Foter</a>