All so much fun to learn about! Writing historicals has really opened my eyes to how our celebrations and traditions evolve through the ages, and how some pieces stay the same. Interestingly, we rarely know why we cling to some of the things that have stuck around for centuries, like mistletoe and yule logs.
And yet here I sit this morning going, What can I write about today? LOL. It feels like I've covered it all since I started blogging all those years ago. I'm sure I haven't. But I apparently haven't had enough coffee to make me think otherwise. So I thought I'd take a different course today.
One thing I love about all these celebrations I've learned is the thought that the traditions can bring the generations--the centuries, even--together. And sometimes I pause and wonder what our children will remember most. What are our Christmas traditions today, as a culture? Santa Claus? Christmas Eve candlelight services? Trimming the tree? Baking cookies?
|Our tree and stockings|
Singing Christmas songs.
Decorating the tree with my kids.
Brunch on Christmas morning with my family.
I love watching the delight on my kids' faces as we bake or wrap or trim...and I love learning that back in Colonial days, Christmas really wasn't for the kids like it is now. They received the same token gifts that parents would also give to servants--sweets, fruit, maybe a book or small toy. They weren't invited to the parties. They were kept quiet in their rooms during much of the celebrating. Gotta say, I like having them involved. =)
What are some of your favorite traditions in your family? What are some that you've heard about that baffled or delighted you? Anything new you're trying this year?