What’s that knocking at our door?

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I may have been born on an Easter Monday, but I am quite certain that I have been a Christmas traditionalist since that day. Wishes to Santa were made on dandelions, cards crafted with cotton wool beards, paper chains hung on trees in the garden, carrots left for the reindeer and a bottle of beer for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. We went to Midnight mass and came home to open presents – I could never understand why my mother, who was always ready on time was somehow the last out of the house every Christmas Eve!

With the arrival of our own little Flamingo Dancers three we added to these traditions – flour Santa footprints and sleigh imprints. Christmas boxes decorated with last year’s Christmas cards and wrapping paper in anticipation of the gifts they would hold.

Over the years we would visit the shopping mall Santa and each little person would choose an ornament to add to the tree so that now each year every ornament has a memory, or a story. A pile of story books also grew through the years brought out each December even long after the childhood years had passed.

Now another generation of Flamingo Dancers has arrived and new traditions are being created, but one is already in place – Christmas books on the bookshelf. Spot’s First Christmas, the board book version of course, has already found a place in our granddaughter’s room.

Yes, we may live where scenes of a white Christmas are just a fantasy, and our trees may be artificial to mitigate the heat. We may eat salads instead of roast dinners and swat flies as we laze on the verandah after lunch instead of sitting before a blazing fire.  The one thing that is no different be it here, or there, north, or south is that Christmas is where our hearts are and may yours be with those you love this yuletide season.

Christmas Dolly Sisters

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2 thoughts on “What’s that knocking at our door?

  1. Lovely post! There was a news feature yesterday about a christmas book being published by a Norwegian guy in the US (something of a sensation as it is a tough marked), he’s been using his daughter as a character and created beautiful pictures – I have no idea as to wheter the story is good or not, but check it out; It’s called “The Christmas Wish”, authour is named Breiehagen. Here are some of the illustratuons http://www.dagbladet.no/2013/12/14/kultur/litteratur/bok/per_tore_breiehagen/lori_evert/30832396/

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  2. Ah, I forgot to get a Christmas book for the grandson, albeit he’s still too young to appreciate being read to. (He does love it when the adults make faces at him. He makes faces back and squeals and coos so loudly it alarms the dog.) Yes, having a new generation of family members changes the game a bit. My daughter mentioned she was getting a tree for Christmas, but what traditions she decides to add to this will be interesting. The son-in-law comes from a Hindu family, and there’s been no observance of Christmas except for the fact that everyone gets the day off, so it’s a good time to travel and visit each other.

    Enjoy your Christmas, FD! Take joy in your lovely family!

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