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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 ()
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