“Traditions are the memories of those before us, breathed to life when we carry them on.”

The day is warm with sunlight and a blue sky with scattered white clouds. I am a happy woman as my house is less cluttered from unwrapped Christmas gifts and wrapping paper as I move from room to room. In my bedroom, only empty bins are left to be put in the eaves when everything is finished. The living room is filled with bags overflowing with wrapped gifts. I have been in a frenzy, and everything is ready for UPS tomorrow. I just need to staple the tops of the bags, print labels and load the car.

My house is still bare of Christmas except for some poinsettias and a few table top decorations I bought at the florist. Once all the gifts are sent, I’ll bring up some decorations. I’ve ordered Christmas dinner for pickup on Christmas Eve. I’ve sent out my Christmas cards. My tree is still in the middle of the living room because I have to straighten branches and rehang the ornaments which fell during transport from the cellar, but it should be ready today. I’m also putting the cow and the donkey out front. My yard needs whimsy.

When I was a kid, I loved when it was time for decorating the tree and putting lights outside on the bushes and inside on the window sills. The bulbs on the outside lights were huge and always got hot. They were colored lights. That’s all anyone used back then. Last year my friends gave me a five bulb window decoration called a chandelier candle lamp. I did not know that it had its own name. One just like it was always in our picture window and always with orange bulbs. I put my new old one in the kitchen window which can be seen from the road. It is a connection to all those Christmases on Washington Ave when I raced to turn the bulbs on, to be the first. The big coup was turning on all five bulbs.

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2 Comments on ““Traditions are the memories of those before us, breathed to life when we carry them on.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    This morning I awoke to a steady soaking rain that we’ve badly needed. By mid afternoon the sun should be back out and the wind is predicted to be blowing colder air from the north. By morning the windchill will be in the upper 20s while the low air temperature will be just around freezing.

    When I was a kid I was always envious of our Christian neighbors who decorated their houses for Christmas with beautiful lights. My parents did put up paper Chanukah decorations inside and we had an electric menorah that we lit nightly in the front window as well as an official candle one on the kitchen table. On Christmas Eve we put up our stockings on the mantle well knowing that Santa was a myth, but expecting my parents to fill them with chocolates for the next morning. In the twentieth century why shouldn’t Jewish kids enjoy a treat from Santa. 🙂

    We haven’t met any of our neighbors because of the pandemic but we wave to them when we pass them by in the car. I have been turning on my landscape lighting during the holiday season to not appear as a black hole on the street. I normally leave them off to save electricity. The lights are set up to with a sensor to come on at sundown and go off at sunrise. I just turn the master switch off and on because I’m cheap.

  2. Christer. Says:

    I actually saw some blue sky today!! but the sun never reached that point but it was close 🙂 🙂 Haven’t been that close to sunshine in weeks now and I guess it was the last time before christmas. Predictions says the same weather all the time but perhaps a bit warmer.

    I have a few christmas decorations up but it really doesn’t give me any christmas feelings yet :-.) 🙂 Well plenty of time to fix that 🙂

    Have a great day!


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