Now You See Me, Part 1

I can’t begin to thank all of you who gave me things to write about, who are trying to help me out of this rut. I got such a wonderful array of topics and questions and, hopefully, this will be just the thing to get me out of the rut and back into the groove. I hope no one minds but I’m going to spread out the topics and questions but I promise I’ll answer them all.

I’m going to start with the first question from St. Elsewhere of My Lady of the Lantern. St. Elsewhere asks…

What do you wish to do at Christmas this year…would you like to celebrate it just as you have been doing it always or is there something special you have planned for this year?

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It’s not always easy to plan big things for the holiday. Vic has worked in some form of Emergency Services since we’ve been together (first he was a fire fighter and now he works as a 911 Dispatcher) and that means that holidays are work days. This year we are lucky and, while Vic is working New Year’s Eve, he is off on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can’t remember how long it’s been since that happened. Since holiday schedules are so erratic, the biggest plans we make are usually to spend it with family. We do have some traditions that we try to complete every year. Even if Vic is working when we decorate our tree, there are still certain ornaments that are his alone to put on the tree. We also try to attend the Lessons and Carols service on Christmas Eve as a family. Vic also reads T’was The Night Before Christmas to the boys on Christmas eve every year. ..and, yes, even though Marty is 15, he still listens.

One tradition I instituted a number of years ago is something I’d love to see my kids continue when they grow up. Since I’m married to and Emergency Services worker, I know how hard it can be for the guys who are stuck at work that night. So, we started taking a big plate of Christmas goodies down to our local fire station on Christmas Eve. It’s a really small thing but it’s a way to say thank you and to keep the kids focused on something other than what am I gonna get.

The one tradition I keep saying I’d like to start but never seem to get around to (maybe this year will be the year) is that I’d like to bake and construct a Gingerbread House from scratch. I remember my mom doing that when I was little and I think it would be so very cool. I’m trying to convince myself to start small but I keep having visions of a Gingerbread Church with a tall steeple. I have a great tendency to make things harder for myself. Guess I’ll never learn.

If you celebrate Christmas, tell me a little bit about your traditions. If you celebrate a different holiday, share a little of that with me too. Pretty please!

9 Responses to Now You See Me, Part 1
  1. Jjiraffe
    September 28, 2012 | 12:39 am

    I love that you bring treats to the firemen in your area! What a great idea 🙂
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    • Kristin
      September 28, 2012 | 9:20 pm

      When we are at my parents’ house for the holidays, we take goodies to the people working the gate at the Air Force Base.
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  2. Another Dreamer
    September 28, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    I love that you take the plate of cookies out to them. That is very sweet of you; I’ll be honest, I never would have thought of something like that. Whenever I think of doing something for Christmas, it’s for the shelters here.

    The last couple years I worked most holidays because I was employed at a domestic violence shelter. Last year we were very laid back because I was due any day. This year, I plan on starting some new traditions since we have V in our lives.

    We aren’t Christian, so we don’t celebrate the traditional “Christmas”- but in my family holidays were a way to celebrate family and come together. I also celebrate the seasons, so I do tend to honor Yule and do a little something for that. And of course, V’s birthday is 2 days after Christmas so we’re busy planning and configuring all that too 🙂
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    • Kristin
      September 28, 2012 | 9:22 pm

      Doing something for the shelters at the holidays is another great way of giving back.

      Can’t wait to hear what you do for V’s birthday.
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  3. knottedfingers
    September 28, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Christmas for us is kind of strange because I have living children but the holiday also involves Calypso very much.

    We do two trees, our big family tree and a small 3 blue tree which is Calypso’s tree. All her ornaments and all her angels are on this tree.

    We stay around here and do family things. I’m a bell ringer for the Salvation Army every year. On Christmas Eve we go to my grandmother’s for a family Christmas. On Christmas day we do santa and then go to the cemetery with Christmas Cards and gifts for our baby. Then we go to my parents. In the afternoon we have one more family even with husband’s family.

    Sometimes on Christmas Eve we go to a Midnight Service, be it Catholic or not. I like the midnight services best so I go to whatever church that has a midnight service.

    xxx
    Melissa

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    • Kristin
      September 28, 2012 | 9:23 pm

      I have ornaments for the babies I lost too…not one ornament for each one but representative ornaments. I’m going to need a second tree but mine will be because I have such an unbelievable number of ornaments.
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  4. Lori Lavender Luz
    September 28, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    I selfishly hope you do the gingerbread church so that we can all see it!

    Ditto what JJiraffe said about taking treats to the firehouse.
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    • Kristin
      September 28, 2012 | 9:24 pm

      I’m seriously thinking about it. I’d really love to make colored sugar windows for it too.
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  5. St. Elsewhere
    September 29, 2012 | 5:32 am

    Our neighbour’s son recently celebrated his birthday. Hubby and I wished the boy and his father and asked for what the evening plans were (light banter). The boy brought us cake at night, but he had no party…he celebrated his birthday at some orphanage….I was amazed! Same with you….what a fine gesture that you take cookies to the local fire station.

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