Today I asked Juliana @ Urban Simplicity to join me for day two of my Christmas Guest post Series.
I should start by saying that I had a hard time figuring out what to write for my post. Elia provided a few prompter questions, but I still had a hard time deciding how to approach it all. The primary problem lies in the fact that my celebration of Christmas as an adult is very different from the celebration I had growing up. I grew up Protestant, and I love all the Christmas traditions that my family had (and still has). We lit an Advent wreath for all the Sundays leading up to Christmas; we opened small presents and read Scripture verses every day for the Jesse Tree (which was conveniently located on the Advent wreath); we listened to lots of Christmas carols (Steve Green, Acapella, and The Carpenters were perennial favorites); my mother decorated the house from top to bottom (including a Nativity scene for each room of the house); we each received an ornament every year so that when we left the house, we had a “starter tree’s” worth of ornaments for our own homes. At Thanksgiving, my mother gave all the women of the family (and now all the grandkids, regardless of gender) a pair of Christmas socks. My mother always made fudge, and some years, we girls made and decorated sugar cookies.
Icon of St. Nicholas, feastday December 6/19
January 2011 (you can see the garland on the bookcases behind Piglet)
Starting on the Feast, we sing the troparion of the Nativity at meals and prayers, at least until the leave-taking. When the children are older, we will go to the Vigil for Christmas on the eve of the Feast, but while they are little and our commute is an hour, we stay home on the eve. The Christmas music comes out on Christmas day, (although I admit to sneaking some during the Fast while my husband is at work), we go to church for the Divine Liturgy on Christmas morning, and then come home to eat a festive meal with lots of meat and dairy and dessert.
| January 2010 |