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This weekend is kind of a normal weekend for putting out holiday decorations. When our daughter was growing up, we would have Santa Christmas complete with a tree (same artificial every year) and other decorations around the house. Our cats over the years have generally left the tree and decorations alone, but the current cat is too playful for that. The tree is one big, climbable cat toy with small cat toys hanging on it, so we have scaled back to just a small tree up on a bookcase, but he can still get up there when he tries. The whole Christmas season is awkward because we're not religious and even more so since our daughter is an adult. We have gone with a solstice sort of tradition in the past with Santa's red and white regalia related to fire and winter cold along with the tradition of candles / lights representing the light of the sun and the evergreen branches representing the continuation of life in the dark and cold of winter, plus how early trees were decorated with the images of the things people wished the coming year to bring. Fruits for a successful harvest, love charms for happiness, nuts for fertility, and coins for wealth adorned the trees. That sort of stuff. Since our daughter is way to old to consider Santa, the whole shaman roots of the tradition goes out too. I talked with our daughter about it last winter and she said that she misses it, so we'll have to try to figure something out.

posted on Dec 2, 2018 6:05 AM ()


I like your idea of decorating for Christmas. I am not very religious, I like to incorporate different religions into my personal life.
comment by elkhound on Dec 12, 2018 12:15 PM ()
I like your thoughtfulness about the significance of the various Christmas decorations.
comment by traveltales on Dec 6, 2018 11:52 AM ()
Since I lost my son on Christmas Eve,2014, I do the gifts but am not able to put up my tree and look at it for a month. My daughter always manages to spend Christmas Eve with me and we try to focus on the great grand children. Jose is utterly indifferent to decorations.
comment by elderjane on Dec 3, 2018 6:23 AM ()
reply by kristilyn3 on Dec 4, 2018 8:53 AM ()
We have four grandbrats so we haven't abandoned the traditions. I'm well aware of the Pagan traditions so I have no problem with the Holidays. It's a nice way to pass time in the crappiest few months of the winter. New Years has always been a waste of time in my book so I usually undecorate on Dec 26. By then the stuff has been up for a month so I'm more than ready to get it packed up. Not long after that Wal-mart begins stocking seeds and summer stuff and the worst of winter is over!
comment by jjoohhnn on Dec 2, 2018 12:45 PM ()
As you’ve seen, our kiddos love the tree and all that goes along with it.
comment by kristilyn3 on Dec 2, 2018 6:11 AM ()
Kids in the cute ages
reply by stiva on Dec 2, 2018 6:14 AM ()

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