Friday, December 18, 2009

Pink Saturday

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AW! Today is the last
Pink Saturday
before Christmas. This week, Beverly asked that we share a favorite family tradition! Family is what Christmas is all about isnt it?
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As a child it was all about going to grandma's... see all the cousins... favorite scents, foods, activities like caroling, telling stories, giving recitations, then all of a sudden those days were over and as young adults the time came to make new traditions.
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For several years Lynn and I as a couple would go spend a week in the country with my parents. His parents had passed and our traditions included a special aunt and her daughter who was unattached who lived nearby. Low key but wonderful Christmas revolved around going to the little country church for a very intimate candle lighting service with sweet, sweet carols then on to mom's for opening gifts on Christmas Eve. Mom served shrimp cocktail, potato salad, sausage balls, ham biscuits, strawberry pretzel salad, chips, and dip, and coconut cake, and fruited punch. Then along came Amanda and these festivities became even more wonderful, sentimental and ingrained in our holiday tradition. Then when my parents moved to our hometown and Amanda was dating ...engaged... the celebration continued on Christmas Eve at mom's house, and we enlarged our gathering to include Joshua and his parents and a few very close friends.Photobucket
We always included going to mom's church for the Christmas Eve service until a few years ago when Amanda and Joshua started playing their violins at a gig at the Midnight service at a gorgeoous presbyterian church in town..
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but that was before they moved away to New England.
This year mom is just unable to host the party anymore.... so the venue is moving to our house..... and this year it be be held on Christmas night.... these days one must be flexible and not ruled by the calendar... the menu will hopefully remain much the same... there will be singing and candlelight and quiet contemplation of the holy birth and wonderful advent of our Lord around the fire...
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and there will be a few gifts. But our separate family gathering... just my parents and the kids will reconvene the week after Christmas this year. We'll choose a day to be "Christmas Eve" during the time Amanda and Josh are with us to just sit around the Christmas tree and sing carols and make merry, but then we will have our traditional brunch on "Christmas morning".
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I usually prepare 2 sausage, veggie quiches, fruit salad, sweet rolls, and cranberry/ orange walnut scones.
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Currntly this is our most precious family time. Then we convene around the tree and open gifts and Santa's.
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But who knows how time will demand a shift again in coming years. One thing is certain time changes and life brings its many seasons.. one must learn to adapt and keep Christmas in the heart and spirit through the changes. The main thing is to preserve the love, and the simplicity of the sharing in the most holy season of the Christ child and what His advent means to us..

Well, that's it for Pink Saturday during this 2009 advent season. just remembering these wonderful memories out me in the Pink! Have a wonderful and most joyous Christmas.. until next time! Happy Pink Saturday! For more visit Beverly at How Sweet the sound!!

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful church, Schotzy. We used to attend a church that had a Christmas Eve service and I loved it. Your family is beautiful.
    Merry Christmas...Kathy

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  2. What a lovely tradition - and a lot of work, as all these things are. My post this week is my mother's Lethal Sherry Trifle recipe (it has an awful lot of sherry in it) which we have had every single year since I was 15 (I'm 57) so that definitely counts as a tradition in our house, lol.

    By the way, I LOVE your header! So perfect with Elegia's background.

    Have a very Happy Pink Saturday!

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  3. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Love this fabulous post! I am a birdwatcher and adore your banner!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  4. Simple times together with family and friends is the best way to spend Christmas. Happy Holidays to you and your family! ~ Sarah

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