Montera Christmas

December 2011: I wonder to myself: “Where is that time I thought I had before…  You know of what I speak, I’m certain. Add to that The Christmas Season with its true meaning and its expectations of family gatherings, and soon I’m overwhelmed with activities.

We had our Montera Christmas very early this year to accommodate our grown/growing children. Our father, 93 in good health, was here; an added blessing. This longstanding tradition is a Christmas Gift in the truest sense of those words. An opportunity to bring the past and the future together; compliments of our children and grandchildren. I sometimes wonder if they need us any longer; well, until they smile or stop to hug me for no particular reason. It is then I recognize that tiny tot I held so long ago still exists in my deepest remembrance. It’s also a reminder to me that my “Bucket List” becomes less and less of a joke and more of an intent. That Old Father Time tracks us as much as love and fear and joy and sorrow.

During a brief spell in the festivities, my nephew Christopher helped “cast” me deeper into social media. A place I needed to go, but without his parachute it would have been suicidal to do on my own. So, here is my pitch: Check out my Blog; Novel Prelude; Writers: Facebook; Technorati; you get the idea. It is a great feeling to know enough to generate new works and also to acknowledge that I should not exceed my knowledge of the moment.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE: “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You” was the verse that was shown on the first commercially available Christmas card in 1843. Christmases had been merry long before that though. The use of ‘Merry Christmas’ as a seasonal salutation dates back to at least 1565, when it appeared in The Hereford Municipal Manuscript.” An artifact that reminds me, as does Father Time, that traditions are the fabric of life around the world…Janet

 

The Politics of a Word

December 4, 2010 – Dear Readers: MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

I do not wish you a Merry Christmas to cause offense in case you are not of my ilk. I offer it so that you may know I think of you at this time of year with the same fondness I have for the Christmas memories that shaped who I’ve become. To enlighten myself on this matter, I hit on askjeeves.com to find the origin of this salutation…

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You” was the verse that was shown on the first commercially available Christmas card in 1843… The use of ‘Merry Christmas’ as a seasonal salutation dates back to at least 1565, when it appeared in The Hereford Municipal Manuscript.”

I still believe in the premise that I am free to be that person I fought so hard to become. Yet, will the politics of a word, just a word kill my traditions: slowly and methodically? First mine, then yours?  [Read more about Tradition in December 4, 2010 blog: following.]

To answer that question, here is my solution: Let us wish one another any seasonal salutation in our own tongue, that of our inherited traditions!