Updated December 23, 2018.
I was telling someone about how we tell stories, in our house, on Christmas day. He said that would never work in his family. They don’t speak up. What a shame. In our tribe, time is spent preparing the stories – some absolutely reflecting fact; others, a flight of fancy.
Christmases Past – #511
One of my favorite rights of Christmas is when the family gets together and remembers Christmases past. We hear from each person; whether you’ve had 8 Christmases to date or 80. There is a willing audience to hear you tell about it.
Some eyes glaze over; others brim with tears as we remember loved ones with whom we used to share holiday meals and traditions and gifts and love. You can practically feel the spirit of those who used to share our lives and are here no more. How precious to bring them back to life in our memories and have them share a few holiday moments with us.
The younger family members will hear of how things used to be. The older members will probably recall family traditions or foods. We may be able to congratulate those who still carry out the traditions or lament that they exist no more.
In addition to telling our favorite Christmas stories, each person gets to tell what they are thankful for. The expected treasures are mentioned – love of the family, health, making it through another year without a major tragedy. But what is often heartwarming is to hear how grateful people are for something small done for them that really mattered: a suggestion that helped solve a problem; a contact that resulted in beneficial networking, news about people who needed help, so we could provide it.
It’s all part of the family Christmas telling tradition.
If Christmas story telling is not yet a tradition in your family, why not introduce it? Give people advance notice and ask them to bring a story. Some will not be interested and won’t bring stories. Even if only one or two do, others will be fascinated, and it should catch fire.