Festive Traditions

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The Twelve Days of Christmas. By Xavier Romero-Frias (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (Creative Commons)] via Wikimedia Commons

When I was growing up, family traditions made Christmas special, and we still continue many of these traditions.

On Christmas Day, we always unwrap our gifts in the afternoon, after lunch. When I was a child, on Christmas morning I was occupied with gifts from the stockings that had been hung up the night before. These gifts were delivered by Mother Christmas, not Santa Claus. And our Christmas lunch was — and still is — vegetarian. No turkey in sight!

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Happy Advent

AdventThe festive season is beginning — I love this time of the year, and I’m planning a blog post about the Advent and Christmas traditions that I grew up with.

What festive traditions do you have, wherever you are in the world? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Happy December!

It is slightly freaky how the year has gone so quickly and that it is December 1st already! Time to light the Advent candle at the dinner table tonight.

Advent candle


When I think of December, for some reason the lines from Emily Brontë’s poem, Remembrance, come to mind. I love these two lines in particular:

“Cold in the earth–and fifteen wild Decembers

From those brown hills, have melted into spring”

There is such a raw beauty about Emily Brontë”s poems and I sometimes think that her poetry is overlooked as when her name is mentioned, most people instantly think of her most famous work, Wuthering Heights.

Happy December!

Advent wreath public domain image sourced from http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=70&picture=advent-wreath by Petr Kratochvil