I should have looked ahead when, on Day 1, I decided to change the “activity” to “Remembrance” because here we are on Day 24 and it is a long-held traditional day of remembrance in many ethnicities and cultures and in many ways.
I don’t think we can remember too much. So I will keep it here as well. Generally, we light candles on this day for those who have passed. Papa’s family used to have a rather overwhelming 7-course dinner of mostly seafood for many years on Christmas Eve and in remembrance of that, I usually find him some octopus salad to eat with our own dinner.
This year, we will be hoping to make it home to our beds before midnight. We won’t rush, but we will try our best.
Let me know how you usually spend Christmas Eve or Nochabuena or whatever your family calls this day. In fact, let me know what you call this day!
It wasn’t the plan, but then nothing this season will be as planned. Yesterday we said goodbye to our faithful friend, companion and protector. We spent the 24 hours prior pouring as much love into him as we could, and unless Husbeau has removed them–his bowls are still in their place in the kitchen. Coming home to an empty house last night overtook Girly and I; and everyone piled into the Big Bed to try to find some kind of comfort and safety in the mess of tears and anguish. I dosed everyone with 2 drops of Star of Bethlehem Bach flower remedies just in case it could diffuse some of the trauma and grief of losing our best friend. Continue reading Day 1: Remembrance →
And so, the cozy season approaches and Mama is moving in new directions. With Thanksgiving comes the onset of our family’s Advent traditions. For Christians, Advent was 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany (a celebration of the arrival of the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus). It is estimated that this changed somewhere around the 6th century and shifted more to the waiting of the coming of Christ (at his birth).
For my family, as Quakers (who overlap significantly with Christians), we use this season carefully to turn inward. Not in a selfish way. Actually, in a way that removes a lot of the selfishness and greed and bustle of the season. A way that preserves the peace and love and reflection and reverence of the season… Continue reading Drawing inward… →