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Friday, December 7, 2012

FFAF - Holiday Tradition

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Welcome to BRB, sweeties, and another FFAF! Since it’s December, and Christmas is fast approaching, I’ve decided to add a number of posts throughout the month that are relative to the time of year. And to kick off the season, I’ve decided to talk a little about tradition. In my house, my children and I have created our own traditions, unique to our likes and family unit, where some traditions have been passed down from my parents. One tradition we have is baking special desserts, certain treats we only enjoy at Christmas. Another is decorating the house together, usually on December 1st. The tree is assembled and trimmed with years of ornaments, some of which are handmade and others have sentimental value as they were received as gifts. We do have other traditions, but one that’s remained since my own childhood is when we gather together on Christmas Eve to watch several holiday classics while drinking eggnog and nibbling on treats. 
My husband prefers Its A Wonderful Life, where my personal favourite is A Christmas Carol. Numerous versions have been done, but Alastair Sim plays the best Scrooge in my opinion. Usually we put on Its A Wonderful Life then A Christmas Carol right before bed. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched Scrooge cling to his headstone and beg for his fate to be changed, and it still sends a chill down my spine. I don’t know if it’s the fact Charles Dickens hits a moral chord, or that he brings social disparity to light in a way we can't ignore, whatever the reason the story sends a pretty powerful message. Maybe we need to think beyond ourselves, beyond the greed. Maybe there is a spiritual existence after death, a place where each soul will be judged according to his or her earthly deeds. But none of us will really know until we pass into the afterlife. It’s a strange and almost impossible concept to grasp, nevertheless death is inevitable and some day each of us will discover the truth. 
For me, Christmas is a time when I reflect, also a time when I look to the New Year ahead and strive to do more. Anyway, these are some of my traditions. What are yours? Have a great evening!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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