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Tale Weaver 44: Tradition!

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Emma Florence Harrison (Winter 1910)

I grew up with quirky December/January holiday traditions. I assumed just part of the dichotomy of my family background: sea and soil. Seems some are so unique that Google and Bing have no suggestions, and Wikipedia wants me to start an entry.

I wondered what traditions other folks held to their souls, their hearts for the spiritual, cultural and ethnic nature of December and January. Waning of one year; waxing of another. A solstice. A period of rebirth in snow not spring. Important dates on religious and cultural calendars. Meanings. Believings.

Tradition as a warm hug and mug of cocoa after a shivering day in the cold unfamiliar. Tradition creating a feeling of community, of bonding, of remembrance and celebrance.

So, weave a tale with traditional threads. Weave it on a family loom. Stitch it on a quilt frame; a shared cultural/communal activity. Form a diverse story circle, excited by an interactive exchange. Traditions exist outside the realm of our “everyday:” fairies; ogres; Alpha Centurions; the Old Ones; questers; mages; wiccans; saga-nites perhaps have ones that fall within the human construct/context of December and January.

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I wish all the best to those who have celebrated/are celebrating/will be celebrating the special traditions of this time of the year. Your tales will be my Christmas bedtime stories. I look forward to that.


Ralph Kirchner (Christmas pictures signed with Paris)

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11 comments on “Tale Weaver 44: Tradition!

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  2. summerstommy2
    December 17, 2015

    Great prompt..traditions change don’t they, I may have to go back in time to write this, or just make something up…..


    • tale weaver/ing
      December 18, 2015

      I really enjoyed your tale of family traditions, and the process by which traditions are passed along.


      • summerstommy2
        December 18, 2015

        Thank you so much….fledgling they might be but they are ours…..


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  6. Melinda Kucsera
    December 17, 2015

    Just published mine. You read my mind again. I had half written something for the solstice blending traditions 🙂 http://melindakucsera.com/2015/12/17/winter-solstice


    • tale weaver/ing
      December 18, 2015

      Glad your mind was read!
      Wonderfully dark blending of the old/new as played out through shifts in belief systems. The darkness will make the light seem even brighter.

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