Holidays and Holy Days
St. Nick's Day
|The base was created out of a pine round; the greens are rosemary, sage and lavender.|
Santa Lucia Day
Also, on December 13th, and continuing until the 24th, we'll open one present from our stockings. The presents have riddles on them about the content of the package. Some of the presents are coupons for family activities - like a lantern tour of our local living history museum, a holiday concert, a holiday movie night, and maybe - if we get snow - an early season night on the slopes.
Next weekend we'll head to my parent's farm to bake a traditional Slovak cookie - Roshke. My 89 year old grandmother is still able to bake with us. I've been making these cookies with her since I was a little girl. Now I'm the main baker, and she's the helper, but she still gives me instructions the whole time. While we're there Farmer Dan will also help me cut the tree we tagged at Thanksgiving, then we'll tie it on top the roof and bring it home to Virginia.
Our tree is decorated with ornaments bought on our travels. We always decorate it together, and enjoy remembering with each other.
Later that week the kids and I will take the extra greens, and some holly branches (also from the farm) and we'll decorate the outside. I usually also manage to make a fresh green wreath. Wreath making is something I learned from my dad - just one more tradition.
Once the tree is up we'll light the candles, light the tree and sing carols. It's one way to ensure that we enjoy the tree, and it's another way to spend time together.
Christmas celebrations won't end on the 25th either. We'll mark the next two weeks celebrating with friends and family. This year we hope to have a 12th night celebration (the night before Epiphany) to sing our last carols, eat the last of the cookies and drink the last of the eggnog.
I'm sure some people will look at this list and think I'm insane - all of these traditions make for a really busy December. It's true - it does make the month busy. But somehow, it doesn't feel busy or stressful. We do most of these traditions together. We build memories and forge bonds with our traditions. Christmas reminds me how blessed I am. This is probably the last post I'll put up for a while. I'm going to be too busy making memories.
|White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal and Peppermint Chocolate Pinwheels|