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Around here we will have candles, candles, and more candles lit as twilight draws on on December 21st. And we'll drink a bottle of GLÖGG, a Swedish winter drink that is served hot. We may have a fire in the fireplace, and probably do some reminiscing, and some conjecturing about what we'd like to do when winter is over. How about some of you?
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It mostly depends on how I feel each year as to whether or not I actually do activities, so here is a list of some things I like to do.
Day After Thanksgiving - The day after Thanksgiving is when we buy our tree and decorate it. We put on Christmas music (Burl Ives, Mannheim Steimroller, and Transiberian Orchestra) and decorate a pine tree. We also set out the "memory box" for our miscarried child.
Kris Kindle/Saint Nicholas Day - December 5th/6th - Traditionally, children leave a shoe or boot out on the night of 5th for Saint Nicholas to fill with candy and toys; however, if they are bad, Krampus will leave them a switch/tree branch. In my household we don't leave shoes out, but Kris Kindle does leave gifts beneath the tree (though I imagine if we have kids, we'll do the shoe thing).
Advent - This is the celebration of the four weeks leading up to Christmas. In Catholicism, we have a reading each Sunday that relate to the events leading up to Christ's birth. I do similar in my own house. I've chosen poems or inserts from various authors that touched me that directly relate to the typical readings done during the Advent Mass on Sunday. I have also chosen a couple of readings leading up to Three Kings Day in January, so it carries over.
Winter Solstice - We celebrate the darkest day of the year by lighting candles. We enjoy a feast of seasonal offerings and recount our blessings and hopes for the coming year.
Christmas - We remember the birth of the Christ child. Santa leaves treats and we also exchange gifts.
New Years - We don't typically stay up until midnight. We do enjoy a good meal, recall our favorite memories of the past year, and voice our hopes for the new year. We do a household cleansing, as well.
Epiphany/Three Kings Day (January 6th) - This marks when the Three Kings visited the baby Jesus. We exchange small gifts, like the Magi gave to Jesus, and also take the tree down at this point.
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