Christmas is a big deal in our home. Our family traditions include putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas music makes its debut at the same time. We have a secret recipe for home-made hot chocolate mix that we give out to neighbors as gifts. Sometimes our close-by extended family will get some too.
I truly believe in giving handmade gifts rather than going on the shopping spree at the mall. I so much prefer handcrafted gifts to the homogenized, perfectly exact sameness of mass-produced junk. I'm not sure where the beginnings of that tradition come from, maybe just from being poor come December, maybe from being willing to make something less than perfect. I'm not sure. I am sure a lot of thought and effort and love goes into each gift.
For example, the above painting is going to my daughter's home this month. It's not perfect, but I think she'll really like it. I painted this from a photo my brother-in-law, Greg L. Jones, took a few years back. It's a family hunting for clams. I liked how peaceful the water looks and how together the family feels.
And that is how Christmas is at our house. Peaceful in our activities, together in our efforts. We're not perfect, not by a long shot, but each Christmas we try to get a little better at doing the things that count.
Have a lovely, blessed Christmas season!
Ana lives in a desert in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming with her husband, a ginger-headed daughter, a son, and stinky dog Ana loves creating stuff and sharing her creations. Alas, she's not so great at writing in third person. Ah, well...