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Day 15…Traditions

Day 15

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Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, when he opens no one will shut, when he shuts, no one will open. Isaiah 22.22

Jesus is our key to joy.  He opened the door to heaven for us, where we will live in the fullness of joy. Thus He opened the door to true joy for us here on earth because we live in the blessed hope of Heaven.

PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for opening heaven to us.  Amen.

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So, what’s it like at your house?  Real tree or artificial tree? Send me a comment and let me know!

There’s no discussion here – according to my husband, it’s got to be a real tree, dragged in the back door, cut and measured, balanced and decorated.

Ah…the sweet smell of a freshly cut tree. There’s nothing like it…

…and of course, Phoenie is the traditional “star-putter-on-er. “

putting the star on the tree 2012

Whenever I think of the word, “tradition,” I automatically think of my favourite movie, Fiddler on the Roof. Tevye is the main character in the movie and he opens the movie with these words:

“A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask ‘Why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous?’ Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!”

Later in the movie, Tevye says, “Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as… as a fiddler on the roof!”

Activities that are good will be repeated…and remembering is a wonderful practice.

Who puts the star on the tree, Christmas Eve rituals, homemade decorations, family get-togethers, lights on the outside of the house, Christmas dinner, stocking stuffing, Christmas Eve church service, special baked goodies,  – all these rituals reinforce our sense of belonging, don’t they?

Our adult children hold onto our family rituals with one hand…and pass them on with the other.

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