The Christmas season is a tapestry of feelings, memories, and reactions. It has been woven over your lifetime. It comes out of its storage place each year and wraps you round, ready or not.
One strand is the atmosphere created in your family of origin. As a child, it was simply there – beyond your ability to clearly define, even if you had thought to try.
Another strand is the atmosphere created in your adult life, which includes changes embedded in and caused by different stages of life.
Another strand is the religious stories told, both those absorbed and those rejected.
Another strand is the cultural overlay – decorations, gift obligations and expectations, excitement and disappointment and aftermath.
All these and more are woven together to form your unique Christmas tapestry. Let us look and share. Sometimes the sharing brings a new level of appreciation, or release, or peace, or joy.
Thought Starters for Sharing
- How would you describe the family atmosphere of Christmas in your childhood?
- How would you describe the family atmosphere of Christmas your adult family units?
- What spiritual or religious feelings did you have about Christmas in your early life?
- What spiritual or religious feelings about Christmas are significant now?
- What gift giving or receiving memories have lasting significance?
- What negative reactions do you have this time of year? How are these reactions affected by this stage of life?
- What positive reactions do you have this time of year? How are these reactions affected by this stage of life?