“So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” So tragic, Lennon’s death. Can you believe that it was 32 years ago?
I wonder what Christmas means to you? My conception is the traditional one, the important factor, the boy child who was conceived. “Unto us a boy is born, King of all Creation”. Every Christmas my little wooden stable comes down from the loft, complete with nativity scene.
Nativity scenes come in many forms. The original is credited to St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. He wanted the emphasis to remain with the religious significance of Christmas rather than materialism and gift giving. These days, Christmas markets and all, I rather think materialsim has won.
I have heard of, though not yet seen, the szopka nativity scenes traditionally exhibited at Christmas time in Kraków. They date from the 13th century, and include elements of architecture. A yearly competition is held in Rynek Główny to determine the best. That must be exciting!
Religion doesn’t play a huge part in my life, but I do love the carols at Christmas time. “Peace on earth, goodwill to all men” seems like a good maxim to me.
The wreath is in it’s traditional place on my fireplace, and the cards beginning to arrive. My Polish family always send cards which celebrate the birth of our Lord.
Why the Christmas tree? The evergreen tree, which does not lose its leaves in winter, is regarded as the symbol of eternal life. I have lots of “old friends” on my tree.
And some beautiful hand made ornaments, proudly given to me by my Polish family on my first visit to Poland, though I’ve never been there at Christmas.
And, of course, topped by the angel made for me by my daughter Lisa.
I wonder if Jake’s going to use Christmas for his theme next week? If so, I’m ahead of the game, and that’s a first!
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