Family Christmas Holiday Tradition gives us freedom and guidance in an occasion that’s otherwise hectic and stressful, and often unorganized. Tradition gives us a blueprint of how our family anticipates and loves the holiday season, what they expect, how they like to celebrate.
7. When the holiday draws nearer, we children got more and more excited. When we were high-spirited and tempestuous, mom just needed seriously to say. “Look, an angle’s hair!” And we’d look in awe and see a truly golden hair. Little did we realize that mom will need to have made some gift packages and the golden threat will need to have fallen on the floor. But for us children this was a sure sign that Christmas was near. Mom left signs of the coming holy night everywhere for people, so we’d remember to be good, and patient, and kind. This made it easier for people children, who yearned for that long awaited Christmas Day!
8. Then, one day the wait was over – the 24th of December dawned. We children had to have a little afternoon nap – I am certain that mom needed enough time to make last adjustments to the Christmas tree and the arrangement of our Christmas presents. In Europe the Christmas tree may be the highlight of the 24th. The tree is hidden from view for children, and for initially noticed in the holy night when the entranceway to the Christmas room magically opens. The room is locked already the night before Christmas. We children were especially attentive – maybe we’d hear a movement in the Christmas room – maybe an angle came by – or the Christkind personally – to create presents!
9. The nap on the 24th was very hard for people kids. Who will sleep when this excitement is based on the air? When we finally got up, we laid on our best clothes. Then mom was included with the standard Christmas storybook! It was a story of a little boy named Heinele, who’s mother had sent him out in rags in to the bitter cold winter night to market toys to the busy people on the streets – who rushed home for their family celebration without even noticing him. The boy went in to the woods and as he looked in the snow – lonely and ice cold – he found the Golden Star of Christmas.
At once in heaven, the angles were hectic, trying to find the Golden Star that Christkind had lost since it flew over winter months world on earth. Finally they found the frozen boy, holding the Golden Star tight in his hand. He was dead. They took the boy into heaven. Here it had been warm. It gave plenty to eat, and Heinele was truly happy – probably for initially in his young life. But the nice boy, as he saw that his mother in the cold house down on the planet was crying because her child didn’t come home, returned to earth to comfort his mom, bringing her true Christmas love. Love reigned over the joy and comfort of residing in heaven. A true sacrifice.
And while we children hold on every word that came from mom’s lips, suddenly – first faint however louder – we heard the clear Christmas bell. It signaled that Christkind was here! We’d rash to the Christmas room. The doors silently swung open. And we’d stand there in awe, still and devout, our wide open eyes reflecting Christmas Spirit. The Christmas tree would stand in most its magic beauty – brightly shining with many real candles and magic stars. We’d sing Christmas carols and dad would browse the Christmas story from the Holy Bible.
Finally we children could rush to the Christmas presents – many big and little gift-wrapped boxes in most colors, decorated with beautiful ribbons and a fir twig on each gift box. We’d each only a little extra corner right beneath the Christmas tree, and near to the crib where Maria and Josef and the beautiful baby would remind us of the reason behind our joy. To get our space, the packages had little cards with our names on them. And the Ah and Oh was great!
10. And mom didn’t your investment lonely people outside. She put a warm shining candle in each window to greet people who were lonely and cold this night.
11. The Christmas dinner was another highlight of the day. We’d our traditional fish dinner with potato salad which I loved. The table was set with grace and glister. Each set had a mandarin that held a Christmas candle. Fir twigs were decorating the table. It was festive and the candle light reflected in our smiles!
12. The Midnight Christmas mass was for the older kids. I recall sitting in church and seeing the happy smiles on every face. This alone showed me that in this special night magic will need to have occurred. I really could see the newest hat, the newest shawl, new boots that everyone was wearing. Everyone had something new this night. And when it was not a brand new piece of cloth, it had been the renewed hope and light inside their heart that held the promise that life is good and all is well, no matter living circumstances.
Today I’m old. the most beautiful Christmas holidays of the year My children are out of the house and I’m alone again. But at The holidays are, I still remember my family’s holiday tradition: the haunting scent of Christmas; the dazzling light that lightens the eye that looks into the world with hope; music and laughter that fills the hearts and the area at Christmas eve. I thank my parents for the wonderful Christmas tradition that they had given us – a tradition that lives on …
When Christmas holiday draws near, don’t let yourself be burdened by stressful last minute holiday preparations. Follow your own time proven family holiday tradition – and if you don’t have a holiday tradition yet, manifest your personal! Utilize some of the suggestions I shared with you from our own family Christmas holiday tradition.