“Tradition is a fine thing. Nothing comes out of the blue, except perhaps thunderbolts and they are not really very useful things.”

Today is dark and rainy. The street is now covered with wet leaves and pine needles. They’ll dry then be blown away. My lawn too is covered in brown pine needles and has mostly disappeared. Every small breeze drops yellow oak leaves to the deck. I can watch them fall from the window. My den light is lit giving the room a cozy feel. Gracie and Maddie are asleep.Β I love mornings like this.

This week I have a meeting on Tuesday, and that is the only entry on my dance card. The rest of the week is wide open. I have some stuff I could do like go through the Christmas presents piled on a guest room bed and catalogue them by personΒ so I can know what I still need to buy. I love to find just the right gifts for people, and it takes a bit of shopping to do that, and Christmas isn’t really all that far away. I did some Christmas shopping in Ghana, and I’m glad for that as the gifts will be unique. I bought yards and yards of traditional Ghanaian GTP cloth to be used to make presents. Now I wish I’d even bought more.

Some gifts have become part of the Christmas tradition. I give everyone a bag filled with smaller gifts including a new ornament with some sort of a personal touch like a fish for my brother-in-law the fly fisherman. The kids also get Christmas books. I give all the women earrings or some sort of jewelry. This year the jewelry is from Ghana. I buy soap for every bag like lobsters or starfish. I also try to find fun gifts. I bought an old fishing drop line for my nephew, a gift of memory for him. There are bigger gifts for the kids. The younger boys get Hess trucks. They are on the way. My only grandniece is getting a doll and a dress from Ghana. My nieces and nephews get gift certificates stuffed into their gift bags, something I started doing when they got into their 20’s and finding just the right gift got too difficult. They love the small gifts and opening the bags is always done on Christmas Eve. It is the tradition, and my family is big on Christmas tradition.

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14 Comments on ““Tradition is a fine thing. Nothing comes out of the blue, except perhaps thunderbolts and they are not really very useful things.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Prince and I have an impasse…”what would you like for Christmas” “I don’t know” “what would you…” and so it goes on

    I generally panic at this stage of the season, and very little is done. Always searching for the perfect gift. The Advent box has 24 doors to be filled, and it isn’t ready. Mrs MDH and I are spending next weekend in Mexico and perhaps our travels will help us find things.

    Tottenham travelled to the arse and ended 1-1 continuing their unbeaten start to the season. We are at half time with the good guys going well at the Vikings.

    I asked Alexa on the Amazon echo for recommendations for 10 year old boys – she was useless and Pumpa is in panic mode.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m surprised you have reached this impasse when he is still so young. Usually they are teens when you reach the I don’t know stage. I always bought presents when they were young. My sister was great for helpful hints.

      Travels are the best places to find fun and interesting gifts. I used to do an Advent calendar for my mother so I don’t have to find little gifts to fit into the boxes.

      This is going to be Tottenham’s year-I can feel it!

      My grandnephew is also 10. I will ask around to my sister and brother-in-law and see if they have any suggestions. They are away for the weekend, but I will ask both of them later this week,

      Last year I gave Ryder an official Gronkowski shirt from Patriot’s Place as that’s what he is called by his fellow football players. He loved it.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It stopped snowing here after a while and it sounds as if the wind has calmed down some too but it is still winter and I don’t like it πŸ™‚ I had to remove lots of ice from the car to be able to open the door, so I can drive to work tomorrow πŸ™‚

    We don’t buy presents any more and it’s just as good since none of us have the same taste as anyone else πŸ™‚ I do however usually buy myself a gift rather early in autumn but I haven’t yet this year, I’m not sure I know what I want πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The sun even came out for a short time today but it is now getting dark and the clouds make it worse. I would hate winter coming so soon.

      I remember the days of iced locks on the car. I hated it.

      My family and I still buy gifts for each other. My sister chooses the best gifts though she does ask me if I want anything in particular. Sometimes I do. A few friends and I also give gifts to one another, but it was easier this year with the trip to Ghana.

      Have a great day!!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The only gifts I have bought so far are little token gifts for my knitting groups. Everyone else wants Amazon gift cards. That makes it very easy.
    I have not thought about my Christmas card photo this year either. I don’t have anything suitable yet anyway.
    I was about to say that I wasn’t doing anything in the way of Christmas. But I ordered my Xmas wreath today so I guess I am.

    Today looked promising but it got very cloudy and cold. It even hailed. It rains now and then, too. I was feeling like a complete slug because I have done exactly nothing all day but it’s not a day that one should be doing much more than snuggling in a warm house with warm, sleepy companion animals. And so I have. πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The bed upstairs is filled with boxes and bags. I haven’t even brought yesterday’s finds upstairs. The gift cards make it easy for the grown nieces and nephews, and they love to get them.

      I usually buy Edward Gorey cards for sending, and I have to find some to order. They are wonderful.

      I always get a real tree for the living room and then put my fake scrub pine in the corner of the dining room. My house gets very festive.

      I really didn’t do anything all day either. My laundry is sitting in the hall in front of the cellar door. I’ll see how long it takes me this time to do laundry.

      Enjoy the evening!!

  4. Bob Says:

    My aversion to the crazy gift giving season associated with the winter solstice holidays is well known. Unfortunately, the success or failure of our economy depends on mass spending between Thanksgiving and New Years. In a previous portion of my life I worked in a retail jewelry store and I can attest to the fact that if a store has a bad holiday season there is nothing they can do for the entire next year to make up for the loss.

    Thankfully for Internet shopping one doesn’t have to contend with the crazy crowds at the malls and big box stores during the holidays. When we moved from our house and downsized to a condo, you can’t imagine how much crap we disposed of including gifts that we stashed away in places that were forgotten. If we had found them I would have re-gifted them to someone I only slightly liked. πŸ™‚

    You are lucky to travel to Ghana which is a place where local crafts are available that are not easily found everywhere. I discovered in my limited travels that globalization makes everything manufactured in places like China is available everywhere on the net. πŸ™

    This presidential campaign has been the nastiest in recent memory. I’m amazed at how many educated people are buying into the lies that America is not a great country. The economy has rebounded since the Great Recession with unemployment low, the deficit being slowly paid down, low interest rates and more people covered with health insurance. We are not involved in a land war in the Middle East and our homeland is as secure as it can be without being a police state.

    The hatred among many that Barak Obama was elected twice amazes me in today’s world. Racism is alive and well in America I’m sad to report. The thought that an ignorant, bigoted, misogynistic and crooked businessman would replace a thoughtful Constitutional scholar like Obama is a sad commentary on what’s happened to the Republican Party. I encourage everyone to vote on Tuesday.

    I can’t wait until Tuesday night when we will discover what we the people decide what our country will be like in the next four years. I can only hope that the contentious gridlock in Washington can be broken and the people’s business can be accomplished in a civilized manner called COMPROMISE.

    The weather today is cool, upper 60s, with scattered light rain. The leaves will have to wait a couple of weeks to start turning.

    • katry Says:

      I don’t buy gifts just to buy them. I spend time and effort in choosing the right gifts for people, and I shop all year. It is so much fun opening presents as they aren’t ever the usual gifts: they are fun and they are unique. There is no frenzy of gift buying. I shop locally as much as I can, and I do Saturday trips up 6A where all the small stores are. Christmas doesn’t have to be your view of the season. It can be so much more.

      I seldom get a gift I would regift. That is because my sisters and friends know what I’d like. I also can’t remember the last time I was at the mall. It has to be at least a couple of years. I shop Amazon Prime for so many things the mall has.

      It is easy to find goods not made in China. You are right about Ghana though. Handmade goods are much less expensive than machine-made goods.

      I am also amazed at how many people refuse to acknowledge what President Obama has done for this country. I agree it is racism hidden by politics. He is an intelligent, thoughtful, funny man. He has been a wonderful president who has strengthened this country and kept it great.

      I also cannot wait until Tuesday. I voted last week so I haven’t paid as much attention as I had before I voted, but I will be glad it’s over. I just hope people vote using their brains, not their hatreds, their prejudices.

      It has jus started raining again, and it is cold.

      • Jay Bird Says:

        Cannot argue with your analysis of Pres, Obama. Class act. Good (not great) President. We are so much better off than we were 8 years ago, Racism? Certainly! Every Trump vote is a repudiation of 66 Million of us who dared vote a Black man into the White House.

      • katry Says:

        I totally agree with everything you have written. Class act is a perfect description. He has brought grace to the White House. I can’t imagine where we’d be without him.

  5. Bob Says:

    Sorry for my rant. Just announced that FBI director Comey is not changing his decision NOT to prosecute Hillary Clinton based on the Emails found on Anthony Weiners laptop. Because of his letter to Republican congress members last week in an attempt to sway the election in Trumps favor was against Justice department policy, he should resign immediately. Republicans have sank to new lows.


    • katry Says:

      What riled me was when MSNBC played the Guliani interview, and he said gleefully that more was coming then rubbed his hands together smiling all the time. This was about a week before the letter sent to congress. The Trump campaign had foreknowledge of the letter and the possibility of new charges. There was an FBI leak. I’m thinking heads must roll.

  6. Birgit Says:

    I refuse to think about Christmas before I open the first door of my advent calendar. December is early enough to panic.
    First snowflakes today. Not where I live but a little bit further south where we sang a chorus concert this evening. Three more concerts to sing this year, it’s concert season.

    • katry Says:

      I have a lot of people to find presents for and I send the Colorado gifts early in December so I don’t wait. I do shop all year. If I find a perfect gift, I buy it on the spot. My mother always said buy it when you see it as it may not be there later.

      It is a chilly night but nowhere near cold enough for flakes. I dread snow.

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