Keeping Christmas Simple

Posted by on December 22, 2019 at 2:50 PM

We have cut way back on the gift giving and it is much better for us in ALL ways,as it's less about the presents and more about time with loved ones. 

Today's vignette is about my six year old grand daughter who was tickled silly when I was able to regale a tale about her great grandfather who celebrated Christmas during the depression as an orphan. She was amazed and taken aback when I described his experiences living on a farm in upstate NY. The most interesting part was wiith describing his Christmas celebration; hanging a stocking.

In this scenario, Santa wasn’t expected to come down the chimney. The stocking would foretell if my father was either a good boy or bad one, as determined by his receiving either an orange or a lump of charcoal, respectively. Needless to say, my grand daughter was incredulous and joked the next day about his getting only an orange…a far cry from gifts received today !

But it's grand to think about how  Christmas traditions and clebrations have been passed down to  children from other countries. Some are not as fortunate in a monetary sense,but, rather, the sense of community and togetherness prevail. For example, in  Peru, it's customary to determine one's fortune by using potatoes; an unpeeled one brings good fortune, while and peeled one heralds a sign of no money coming forth.

In France, children put their shoes by the fireplace instead of a stiocking, while Greece doesn't do Christmas. Rather, they use wooden bowl . In India, presents are given to those in need rather than  family members.

And here, in the USA, trillions of dollars have already been spent to have children and failies gather and celebrate this wondrous occasion of miracles and blessings. The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates.Too bad it has to come in the form of greed. and not in as many blessings for all. 

Good tidings to you as I hope we can all be reminded of the good 'ol days and how going back to the simpler ways of life andloving can be the best.

Categories: Women Growing Older Gracefully

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