24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 2:
Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I don’t know if I have one particular favorite holiday tradition, but one of my favorite moments occurs on Christmas Eve, when we walk through the silent, festively-decorated night-time streets of our neighborhood on our way to church. I am not a hugely religious person, but it’s not Christmas for me before I haven’t heard the story from St. Luke’s gospel, chapter 2, retold to me and sung the associated Christmas carols in church — and I love that contemplative walk, and finally having time to duly appreciate the love and creativity that some people put into their holiday decorations. This year, alas, my mom wasn’t able to walk all the way (in fact, the way things are looking, those days may be over once and for all), so I only got to take my walk belatedly and after, alas, some of the decorations had already been removed again. However, there was still plenty of loving care to admire and enjoy (including in the windows of some of our neighborhood’s tiny shops):