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I love Christmas in Australia. I love the extreme heat of the season and how merry everyone is. I see it as a time dedicated to the birthday of Christ, and as a time where people try a bit harder to be nice to each other.
Our family goes to the Wildlife Park every Mother’s Day. Mom and children under three are free. We spend the night in a vacation rental or hotel the night before and just spend quality time together.
Calls on birthdays. I love hearing from loved ones on my birthday and feeling the joy of connection.
I came up with a few events/activities that have been repeated sometimes throughout the years, but it occurred to me that the tradition I enjoy the most is simply BEING with my family. Family is the thing I cherish the most, so anything I get to do with them- traditional or original- is what I value.
I don’t have any. Most of my traditions are religious-based, and those were inconsistently applied.
I really enjoy sunrise church services at Easter and praying in the New Year. The sunrise services are my favorite, as we have them outside in nature.
The cultural/family tradition that I cherish is my Irish heritage with its emphasis on family and community and strong social justice ethic together with its affinity for the mystical journey..
i cherish Christmas with my family and going on walks with my mom
I cherish going on walks with my children – always a good time – they are now young adults and I think they both also cherish our walks as well – I am thankful for that
my fav holiday!
The tradition of remembering the fallen. My Mum lost both her parents in WW2 in service when she was 12 years old. Legacy has always played a part in her life supporting her along the way – even now at 92 years old. For me it has transformed into a “practice” of remembering – but now in a much larger context.
Each year, on the Winter Solstice, my family carves our wishes for the coming year onto Yule Logs and then burns those logs in the hopes that our wishes will come true. I love this tradition and hope to keep it going indefinitely.
Family dinner – it is a time to see everyone and connect. Sometimes it is rushed and sometimes we linger – but it usually happens – and I will be sad when it passes as my children leave the nest.
All the myriad Christmas folks songs from many nations that I grew up singing. Singing everyday was an integral part of my life growing up.
And singing before a meal. My sister and I still often do this, when we meet for a long-distance meal these days over Facebook messenger.
I donˋt know if this saying is known in other areas of the globe too. Here in Bavaria we say , live and let others live. ..
Wishing all of you the very best for 2022. strength, contentment, Inspiration and mental and physical health to you all. Take care
Hi dear Hermann Josef, also in Italy we use to say live and let the others live.
Wishing you the best, too.
In german you would say , leben und leben lassen. To your Friends from Munich you would say in bavarian dialect : lem und lem lassn .
(Nobody would wright dialect) but this is how it would sound. But i Don,t know an englisch word in which the letter e is pronounced as we pronounce it. All the best to you Mica. From Munich , Hermann
Yes, Hermann-Josef – ‘live and let live’ – google gives me ‘leben und andere leben lassen’ for the words in your post. How do you say it? Bavaria – I have a few dear old and newer friends in Munich.
During the holidays my mom’s cooking was what brought us together.
My 3 brothers,my sister and I would all gather at her house to celebrate and eat her traditional baked goods. If one of my brothers was missing, no need to look far ,he was probably hidden in a closet with a tray of scotch cookies. I miss those times and those that are nolonger with us, but I am so grateful for the memories.❤
When I was growing up, my father’s family would always come together in the summertime. He had 11 brothers and sisters. We would meet at a park most years, or if the weather was rainy, at an aunt and uncles home. If it was at a park we would all have to drive-to kind of middle of the way destination-and since my father had many brother and sisters, it worked really well for all ages. Everyone brought food to share, and after eating, the cousins would play in the park on swings, slides and climbing equipment, and the adults would sit around and visit.
Many times we would meet during the year at a home of one of the relatives, but with a smaller group, and have a meal and share our lives. As we all grew up and moved out of Illinois, it became impossible to keep this tradition of gathering together. That and as we married and had kids of our own, it became too difficult with the amount of people involved.
I had completely forgotten about that! So thanks for the memories….
However, when one of my sisters and I lived in the same town, every Christmas my sister’s family and mine would get together at our house on Christmas Eve to share food and gifts. After we were finished the kids would go into the family room and watch Disney shows and we adults would visit…good times. We would do the same on other holidays, usually Easter and others……Now my family and I meet for a ThanksChristmas Celebration in between the two holidays, We share a meal, open gifts and visit. It was so wonderful this year because we haven’t been able to do it because of Covid, but this year we did. We were careful to social distance, but at least we were together…..what great memories!
It doesn’t happen anymore because of various factors, but Christmas Eve at my dad’s aunt & uncle’s house with the entire extended family. I was a kid, so it’s been many years. Some have passed on, the rest of us grew up, the family moved further apart. But it was great while it lasted. I miss it, but definitely cherish it.
The White Stone ceremony at my Unity Church. I’ve led the meditation for several years, except last year, I didn’t appreciate how much it means to share in this until it was gone. I’m readying myself as we speak to help my church family release and let go.
That’s wonderful. Avril – it sounds as if you’ll be leading the meditation in person again this year. I hope so –
Our church does something similar…it is a wonderful ceremony, and we do ours today as well.
The search for the Christmas pickle is one we started with our grandchildren. They love it. We have broken fancy pickles and I have hidden rock pickles so well we never found them again. One of the youngest painted us a new pickle this year. I love it because they love it.
I have a Christmas pickle in my tree as all 3 of my grown kids do now too:)
Thank you, Katrina – When I was a teen, a friend told me about an Easter when 12 boiled eggs were hidden at her house, and 13 were found! One from the previous year. Your pickle tradition sounds fun.
My German heritage brought a lot of Christmas traditions to me. My wife is French Canadian and they have similar traditions. One of them is to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. That’s when We goo to church, have our meal and open our presents.
In Asian cultures, we take off our shoes before entering a home. When I was younger, I didn’t think much of it. Over time, I noticed as generations evolve, a simple act was often forgotten. It promoted me to notice other cultural traditions that once was second nature slowly giving way to modern lifestyles. Anyway, I find myself still taking off my shoes as a reminder to preserve the pride I have for my Asian ancestry.
Walking a local beach on New Year’s day….. enjoying the cool, fresh ocean breeze, reviving all of our senses for the new year to come.
A family tradition that I cherish is our camping trip to Hills Creek State Park in October. We’ve been going for around 30 yrs now. Fall is so beautiful there.
Cultural – Being both German and Irish – I enjoy cooking my Nanny’s German Potato Salad and making sauerbraten for Oktoberfest. I go all out for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy cooking my Irish meal.
I celebrate The Wheel of the Year and enjoy seasonal traditions too.
They are only a memory now, but large family dinners on Sundays and holidays when my older siblings who had their own homes came back to join us.
I grew up with Sunday dinners too:)
As a family, we have several traditions throughout the year that we cherish, from beach days on summer weekends, to what we call “Tree Day,” right after Thanksgiving when our family lands en masse upon an area tree farm to cut and load each household’s Christmas tree, followed by a shared meal and classic movies back at our place. Just yesterday, being New Year’s Day, our three daughters, their husbands, and seven grandkids arrived midafternoon to order-in Chinese food for the whole gang. For us, it marks the end of the holiday season and gets us thinking about the new year ahead and what it may bring.
When the last of them left for home last night about 7:30, I walked back in, closed the door and said to my wife, Betty Ann, “We are so, so very blessed.” It’s a life I am so very grateful for each and every day.
Friday night movies at home with takeaway food.
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