During the Christmas season where the tradition of exchanging well wishes in the form of homemade cards made by the youngsters in the family on a rainy Sunday afternoon, with glitter and hand paints or the informative hand written letters that re-cap on the past years adventures of "little Johnnie" or "crazy Auntie Marge’s new project for 2013" are well looked forward to, does the email Santa greeting sing-a-long do the same thing for you? Have these bonding rituals that are undertaken over mulled wine and mince pies a thing of the past, gone?
I am a modern woman (even if sometimes my keeping up with the times, takes time) but a part of me just loves the idea of the approach of Advent and being creative. It is for me a time to reflect, think over where I have been and what I have gathered for experiences during the past year. It allows me to reflect back on who has been a part of my life in the years I have lived to date.
Whether these folk were or still are in contact with me now means no less that I view with a thankful heart what I could share with them and experience a little of their lives with mine. So when I make my cards and write my letters, it is for me a ritual of acknowledging a personal contact that was created by my physically getting to know the one to whom I am greeting. It is also time to reflect on something I did with my Nana when small, then watched my mother do each Advent season as a young teenager and have continued the womanly tradition into my own advent time - making cards and hand writing our news to family and friends.
It takes time. I need to put aside space for this ritual. That is good so because it allows my soul to mellow in the glory of what this season means! I do not wish to “click” this activity away into the modern world and receive a “like” as an acknowledgment you got my post!