Christmas traditions 2022 at beginning of Advent

Christmas traditions

Our Christmas traditions are tumbling into place and today we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas. Although we seem to be sticklers for tradition, it often amazes me that my family gets everything done.

An outsider might say we’re not very organised. Someone kinder, like a doting mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, might smile benignly. She’d say, ‘But everyone’s so busy’.

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Three new babies, travel adventures after COVID-19 lockdowns and visitors from overseas created turbulance, although most of it good. This end of the year brings extra rehearsals for children doing ballet and singing, concerts and performances, end of year celebrations.

Elizabeth tells me the orientation to her new high school was ‘so fun’. I can’t believe I have a great-grandchild graduating from primary school in a couple of weeks. Louisa will be home for Christmas from Canberra on Wednesday. I hope Alex will be here for Christmas.

My husband’s recent hospitalisation caused more waves, as did my falling over on a busy street and being out of sorts for weeks.

Christmas traditions on track

If it hadn’t been for the insistence of my granddaughter, Claire, we might not have made the puddings yesterday. Sometimes, they’ve been made with proper pomp and ceremony, by the end of September. Other time’s we’ve left it until ‘Stir-Up Sunday‘ (last Sunday).

No year ever seems the same. Our Christmas traditions maintain their ‘shape’ but the details change, it seems, every time.

Often many more family members gather for breakfast before we measure and stir and cook. Yesterday, a smaller-than-usual crowd appeared. Our venue changed from my house. Here are a couple of blogs about other Christmases ‘Advent preparations for a tough Christmas,’ and ‘Advent – time of preparation for Christmas.’

Photos I love

Some of my favourite images from yesterday and our pudding making adventures. Thanks to Jane for the photos.

More Christmas traditions

Puddings cooked, at home again, John and I set up the Christmas crib that I’ve used for over forty years. Sometimes I think a new, modern set would be nice. St. Joseph loses his head quite often, having never recovered completely from a fall. One of the Wise Men has gone AWOL. But then I remember all those other Christmasses…

And the Advent wreath this year has a new twist. I couldn’t find traditional purple or blue candles locally. I settled for pink. Different! But OK.

Christmas traditions
Untraditional Christmas wreath
Christmas traditions include a crib.
Oh so traditional crib

I’ve asked everyone to put the first Saturday of the September school holidays in their diaries for next year. Claire and I will buy the fruit in an orderly manner before that. On the day, we will have our usual breakfast before starting on the puddings. Well, that’s my plan for now!

Copyright, Maureen Helen 2022
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  1. Fabulous Maureen. The best blog ever
    And I smiled when I read the description of Joseph’s not so stable head and the wise-man that has gone AWOL.
    Your writing style is so enjoyable and tonight I really paid attention to the way you structure your writing. It flows so well
    Also the photos are lovely too.
    Many thanks for sharing x Trish

    1. What a lovely comment, Tricia. It made me really happy that you enjoyed my blog about our Advent adventures. We are very lucky as a family that the traditions continue, in spite of never being quite the same, and certainly never perfect. Each year we add another patina to the story of the years that have gone before. Everyone contributes and I notice that especially when people like Jane’s husband, Colin, who is from Singapore comment on what they’ve learned about our traditions, and what they now happily contribute.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. We are really blessed to have traditions like these. They evolve. They grow. Never the same, but always the same in essentials.

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