All Is Calm for the Holiday, Part 2

Our holiday season is highlighted by sweets. We love to bake and eat cookies together. Each December we get out our favorite holiday recipes. We love to make little mini cheesecakes. Long nut rolls are a family tradition using Grandma’s passed down recipe. The wonderful aroma of yeast baking and cinnamon fill the house. A few cookies are cooled and sampled. We set aside a day to make sugar cutouts together. It is always fun to see how the children mix their own icing colors and create their own designs. We make little popcorn trees to take to the neighbors each Christmas Eve.

We also like to join our small farm town’s celebration. All the families visit each other’s home for a few cookies and punch. Later we all meet at the small town church for a meal of soup and sandwiches together. We all join hands as we sing Silent Night at the candlelight service.

Christmas Eve is spent wrapping gifts and keeping secrets of what is in the boxes. The dining room table is set with our best dishes and special occasion lace tablecloth. We share a blessing together and read the Christmas story from the Bible. We enjoy a simple candlelight meal together and enjoy the quiet stillness of the night.

On Christmas morning we open our gifts together. We enjoy a breakfast of sausages and cookies before heading off to church. One Christmas we stayed in our pj’s all day watching It’s a Wonderful Life and other holiday movies. I remember waking to 5 inches of beautiful snow one Christmas morning. We bundled up and took a long walk in the fresh white powder. It was so peaceful, so quiet. We built a snowman, and then rode the toboggan down a big hill out back. We came back home to get warmed up and to share a few laughs.

Maybe it is time to start some simple traditions of your own. Leave the chaos of stressful to-do lists behind. Enjoy the magical mystical moment. Sip eggnog. Hug your family.

Close your eyes as you enjoy the smell of gingerbread baking and the fragrance of evergreens. Simplify your holidays. Allow yourself time to reflect on the meaning of the season. It is a time of newness. A night of promise and wonder. A silent night. A holy night. A night of peace on earth and good will towards men.

October 29th, 2012 - Posted in Wellness | | Comments Off

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