Christmas Eve, 24 December 2012. The gauntlet has been cast down, and accepted: Blog every day for at least a week. I’ll give it a try. Why not?
Christmas Eve: There is a pitiful small pile of gifts under our tree, mostly for the Kidling, and even then, not much. Nothing like the piles I recall from my childhood/teen years. I worked from 8 am to 1 pm, and was surprised by how many people left even their holiday meal shopping until the last possible moment. And no, it didn’t save them any more money than shopping last week or over the weekend would have. In fact, when it came to the fresh turkeys, it probably cost most people MORE: they had to chose from what was left, and what was left today were mostly larger birds.
We are having a traditional Polish(American) Christmas Eve meal tonight, with Mom and the Brother: Potato and Sauerkraut Perogi, Bambalki with poppy seeds and honey, smelts, homemade bread, probably Pollock, Oplatki, wine, and beans. Tomorrow, Hubs and I will do the cooking together. I am also taking Mom to the vigil mass tonight. Yes, a Pagan DOES occassionally attend services in a Christian church. When we were in the UK, the Kidling and I attended Christmas Eve service at St Peter and Paul’s in Olney, the first church where “Amazing Grace” was heard. There really is little difference in the story lines AT Yule, we celebrate the rebirth of the Sun God, returning light and warmth to the world: Hope renewed. At Christmas, the (re)birth of the Son of God, also called the Light of the World and also “Hope renewed”
Changes…. if the world doesn’t change, I don’t know what kind of future my daughter will have. Mom has been saving for the Kidling’s college education since the day the Kidling was born. Good thing one of us could afford to! And if I don’t find an alternate way of dealing with stress, I will go broke, have a stroke or heart attack, or have a nervous breakdown. Lords of Light know how close I’ve felt to doing just that!
Answer a challenge, make a change, and enjoy Christmas, everyone!