It’s 12 Days of Christmas time at our house. For the past several years our family has spent the 12 nights leading up to Christmas day hanging out by the tree and reflecting on the year past, and the year ahead. Each evening, my husband asks a question (some easy, some reflective, some debate-provoking). Each of us provide our response, and when everyone’s had their say we hand out stockings (one stocking-stuffer per night — no diamond rings or fowl around here!).
This tradition is continuing into our sons’ adult years. Navigating work and play schedules is getting a bit challenging (we’re doing some very late-night 12 Days this year!), but we all eventually land in the same room, ready to harass, support, and squabble with each other.
Some of our questions this year have included
What is your favorite holiday food? Why — is there a memory associated with it?
What was a high point of the past year? A low point? Is there a character quality that you possess that contributed to the high point?
What is the greatest risk you’ve taken this year – physically, financially, socially, spiritually?
Christmas traditions are points of connection with the ones we love, the values we hold dear, and the generosity we hope to share. If you’re interested in exploring the “Why do we do that?” of everything from bells to baubles to Hanukkah, check out The History of Christmas. You’ll find fascinating tidbits of info there! For example, did you know,
“The world’s longest Christmas cracker measured 63.1m (207ft) long and 4m (13ft) in diameter and was made by the parents of children at Ley Hill School and Pre-School, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK on 20 December 2001. Now that would be one big bang!”
Here’s to your Christmas traditions enriching your holiday. From each of our team here at DAC, we wish you and yours comfort, joy, and excellent health through this holiday season and on into the year ahead!