Traditions

I hope this post finds you all well and looking forward to a new year. I\’ve been enjoying the last days left of this holiday season – For us, it seemed to start late and end early. There\’s always \”Little Christmas\” on January 6. 
Did your family observe little Christmas? We didn\’t but my mom did as a child and we always kept the tree up till after, Little Christmas. The story goes, that the Eastern Roman church observed Jan 6 as Christmas. It had something to do with the differing calendars – the Gregorian and the Julian calendars and leap years. What a mess. The change to gregorian really had more to do with Easter so it would line up with the Spring Equinox. So the two became divided.  Oh somewhere in there, was the feast of Epiphany. My family growing up was not religious or observant at all. But Mom was set in her own traditions and so Jan 6 for us, was one-more-day-till-we take-the-tree-down. No feast for us. 
I take my tree down when I am ready. Some years the tree has come down sometime before New Year\’s Eve and some on New Years Day while I watched the Rose Parade. 
We\’re all doing fine – had a really nice dinner and visit with my adult kids. No gifts, just a lot of loud talking and laughing, something we all needed so much. 
We drove up to Mt Shasta to see snow the day after Christmas. So beautiful. Laydee loves the snow and as soon as she sees the white stuff, she goes crazy! 
Mt Shasta is just an hour up the road. People were parked alongside the mountain, having picnics. Now that\’s something I\’ve never done before – have a tailgate picnic or BBQ in the snow. 

From My House – For the homemaking side of me

6 thoughts on “Traditions

  1. Anonymous December 30, 2020 / 1:16 pm

    I always took down decorations on Jan. 6. These days I don't put up any decorations. Still have the spirit, just lazy.

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  2. Anonymous December 30, 2020 / 2:20 pm

    Hi there, I usually take my tree and decorations down after Jan 6th. This year I am starting to go through the mountain of crap we have accumulated over the last 17 yrs and I may take the decorations down but the tree will stay up.. Mt Shashta sure is beautiful in the winter. One thing I miss about living in the North is the snow. I don't miss cleaning it up but I do miss seeing it and walking in it..

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  3. Anonymous December 30, 2020 / 8:34 pm

    Never heard ofLittle Christmas but of course most families have traditions like the tree and decorations go up 1st December although when my girls were little they would start asking in November.

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  4. Anonymous December 31, 2020 / 10:38 pm

    Lazy works for me!

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  5. Anonymous December 31, 2020 / 10:39 pm

    Yeah we don't live in it either and the few times it has snowed down to the valley floor, we've loved it.

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  6. Anonymous December 31, 2020 / 10:40 pm

    there is a melting pot of traditions – it's all good.

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