23 Dec 2010

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

Jenny Matlock
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All over the world is Christmas time. In lots of countries the word Christ has been forgotten and what people see is the Coca Cola Santa who became famous in 1931.

To me Christmas is a family celebration and had always been like that. In Germany we always celebrated on Christmas Eve and Christmas day was more a day for visitors and a lot of eating. I tried to keep this tradition also in Belgium, here people celebrate more on Christmas day and less on Christmas Eve. My parents always came for Christmas to Brussels, we had our Christmas gifts on the 24th after a glass of champagne and before the supper. Now as we don't celebrate anymore in our home, but with my son and his new little family, the tradition may change and we won't be probably always together on the 24th.

Lots of people are alone on Christmas Eve, or have the problem with a patchwork family. Who celebrates with whom ?

But the Christmas tree made his way around the world ! I even saw it in Egypt and Santa sitting on a camel ! People put up a Christmas tree because it looks so nice and beautiful, the reason doesn't matter. I worked with two muslim girls and they always had a Christmas tree just like they had Easter bunnies for the kids.

I think everybody should celebrate (or not) Christmas as he wants. In a commercial, romantic, religious way or not at all.



Sweet memories, my 3 year old son with his guinea pig in a pram on Christmas Eve (he got the pram from my mother, to walk the guinea pig around).







This years decoration

This will be my little Grandson Toby's first Christmas, he is now a little more than one months old.



to all of you !!

22 comments:

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Happy Holidays to little Toby...

What a Christmas blessing!

xxoo,

RMW

Maribeth said...

Mandy's first Christmas she was only 5 days old. hat a present she was! Yes, we always try to keep it family, but in the passed I say whomever wants to come to me, should come!

Judie said...

YOur pictures are adorable, and so is little Toby. I hope you have a peaceful and joyous Christmas.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Merry Christmas! Your collages are wonderful.

razzamadazzle said...

I love your post! It is amazing how commercial it has become. Enjoy this Christmas with your new grandbaby!

Thom said...

What a great post GrannieClais. I so agree with you celebrate Christmas aa you see fit. Toby is gonna have a great first one. Mele Kalikimaka to you and your family. :)

fredamans said...

Merry Christmas and Happy 2011!

Jo said...

Oh how paternal your son was even from a young age. That is why he is such a good father to your little Toby today. What a lovely Christmas gift your grandson is to all. We're spending the weekend at home and going to Angus's in-laws for Christmas lunch on Saturday. It is our little Marquard grandson's first Christmas (he's 11 months old and aware of everything) Have a wonderful Christmas Gattina: Enjoy it with your precious family. (((Hugs))) Jo

H said...

My neighbours are Hindu and they celebrate Christmas too (though not so much as Diwali).

Have a lovely Christmas with young Toby. I hope it makes lots of good memories for you.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Lovely post Gattina.

jabblog said...

I love the guinea pig in the pram!
My son was born exactly one month before Christmas Day in 1969, my youngest daughter four days after in 1981.

Gracie said...

I like Christmas Eve dinner the best, but his year it will be just the three of us, maybe my mother will join on Christmad lunch (if not invited by her borther) Christmas it's not anymore the way it used to be for me.........

Francisca said...

Thanks for sharing your way of celebrating Christmas. Not too different from my family's when I was growing up in Europe. All the best of the season to you and yours, Gattina!

Pondside said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours - and I wish you lots of fun with your sweet little Toby!

Sue said...

Lovely, lovely decorations.

Enjoy your family! And merry Christmas to you all.

=)

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A Lady's Life said...

Oh so cute! One month old already.
Time to enjoy and love and hug the little guy.This will be the best Christmas ever I see for you lol
Have a good one. Wishes of Love Joy and Health
is sent your way from Canada :)

Jingle said...

Hope you well, season's greetings!

Awards 4 U, Merry Christmas, Thanks 4 Being My Friend!

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Awards 4 U, Stay Blessed

claudie said...

Here, in Provence normaly the 24th of december should be very religious with a light food! But generally, we, french people, become crazy, when the 24 arrives and it is the big fiesta!!!!
I can say all supermarket are full of people cause the christmasmania!!!!

Melli said...

I think that people who don't believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior should not be celebrating Christmas AT ALL! Without His birth, the day would be another work day! I don't celebrate Ramadan or Yom Kippur ... I don't believe in them. Funny... the NON-believers don't celebrate other faith's holidays either. But non-believers celebrate Christmas AND Easter! WHY is that??? Weird...

Jo said...

how wonderful that you have a little grandson to celebrate with! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Jenny said...

Sucha lovely journey into Christmas memories and Christmas joys.

It can be a hard time of year for so many. Expectations, loneliness...

I think we cling to these memories of happy times as insulation against the years things feel more painful.


I am late in wishing you Merry Christmas, so instead I will wish you a 2011 filled with new memories, discoveries and joys.

Thank you for linking.