Never underestimate the power of putting pen to paper. Writing expands awareness, opens the heart and allows access to areas undiscoverable by thought alone. It is a fabulous release, this act of writing, allowing any and all pent up, stuffed or suppressed emotion a place to fall - one that is safe and protected from any that might witness other forms of release. And when all is said and done, when your words are spent, a flame to the page removes all evidence of the words poured out - the release is complete.
Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about traditions, specifically those related to Christmas. Some families have a lot of holiday traditions, some, not so much. When I think back to my own childhood, I remember very few traditions. My family split when I was seven, and my traditions bounce between the two families that grew from that split, With my Dad's side, there was the trip to get a real tree each year and the ornaments we would hang, with my Mum's the tiny bubble lights I loved to watch wake up and start bubbling. There were visits to my Aunt & Uncle's house, and to two groups of Grandparents as well, and small moments of tradition caught up in all of them.
These traditions we create and are part of are so important. They connect the events of the holidays, and make it stand out against the routine of day to day life. They set this time apart as special, and help anchor the memories we create during this time, to our consciousness, helping them stay in our awareness. And if that isn't enough, they serve to help slow us down. It's hard to immerse yourself in a tradition if you're racing full on through the time.
All of this has me looking at what I can do in my own family to create yearly traditions , as well as special events, that my daughter will remember when she is grown. We set up the same tree every year, with the same ornaments that come from my husband's and my childhood, as well as those we have collected over the years of our marriage, and too, my daughter has her ornament collection that goes on the tree. This year, we visited Kitras Glass in Fergus as a family, and made our own glass ornaments that now hang on the tree. It was a wonderful experience, that we may even do again in the future. This year, while we were setting up the tree, I brought out some new mugs, and filled my wine carafe with warm apple cider. My daughter chose hot cocoa instead of cider for her warm drink, but we all sat together with our drinks and some treats to just chat for a while. When Winter is over, I'll tuck those mugs away until next year, to bring out the day the tree goes up for 2019. My daughter has her Advent calendar too, the same one we've been filling for her since she was old enough to understand what it is about.
We have other traditions too, but I'd love to hear about yours. Do you have some traditions you love, that you'd like to share? They might be just what I'm looking for to add to the joy of our holidays.
Keep on groovin'
Welcome, to The Music of Life. Some of the most important connections of our lives, those we form with ourselves throughout life, as well as those we form with our families and friends, are being lost in this modern world of “social” media, minimalism, and keeping up with society. I hope, through this column, to remind my readers of all that matters, and help them re-establish their bonds with life, memories, mementos, and traditions.
Christmas music is everywhere these days, and with Christmas being less than a month away, that really isn’t surprising. My daughter started singing Jingle Bells six weeks ago., and given that we still had 2 weeks to go until Hallowe’en, I figured asking her to wait was a reasonable request. A few years ago, I was chastised by an older woman in a grocery store, when I was a bit exasperated with my daughter who was very excited about Christmas and showing it. “Enjoy it”, I was told, “these are the best times.” I looked at her and just said; “We’ve already had six weeks of this, I’m just about done with it.” It was still a couple of weeks until Christmas, and it was wearing me out already. She just looked surprised and moved on. Here we are years later, and I’ve now been listening to my sweet girl sing Jingle Bells over and over since Remembrance Day. A friend recently taught her how to play the song on the piano as well, so now I get to hear it that way too. Nearly four weeks to go until Christmas. I think it’s time she learned some new songs too!
Read the rest of December's The Music of Life Column HERE. And, if you want to know more about the fabulous A Cappella group; Supertoniic, hear sample's of their Christmas CD, and purchase your own copy of the album, click HERE.
My name is Kayleigh Radatus, and I'm the creator of This Groovy Life. As far as I'm concerned, we're here to really live and love This Groovy Life, and it's my purpose to help you do exactly that! I hope this blog is helpful. If there are any Personal Empowerment or Metaphysical topics you'd like me to cover, send me a message!