All posts tagged: christmas

Leaning Towards Christmas

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA—The tree is up and our feral feline has already been seduced by its baubles and bling and attempted to climb its fake Canterbury pine branches and make off with the flashing star. He made the same ascent last year with, pardon the pun, catastrophic results. He snapped the top clean off resulting in an eternal leaning due to two taped stakes connecting the tree top to its piny nether regions. Admittedly, this leaning does give the tree a certain authentic ‘I was harvested on a particularly blustery winter morning’ appearance. Instead, it was made in China with the only real similarity being that, this one, like its genuine counterpart, has a definite shelf life. This Christmas, I fear, will be its last. The rest of the Christmas decorations have also taken on a rather forlorn air, mostly because the chief festivity officer, namely my daughter, has taken off to Europe. She’s enjoying a bracing start to a European winter while we begin the slow melt into summer. While we may not have all …

In search of a Christmas tradition

My youngest son asked whether he’d be getting a Christmas sack at the end of his bed on Christmas morning. Since he no longer believes in Santa, he knows that his mother and father will be the ones tip-toeing to his bed in the dead of night to deposit treasure in a lumpy pillowcase. Even so, there’s an expectation. “It’s our tradition, isn’t it?” he said. It made me think. What sort of traditions was I passing on? What sort of memories would he have about Christmas? I know I’ve failed dismally to even attempt to bake a traditional Christmas cake, never mind a Christmas pie. A Martha Stewart, I am clearly not. It’s not that I don’t have Christmas memories myself. Every year, in my own home, a month or so prior to Christmas, there would be a boiled fruit cake bubbling on the stove – the delicious aroma of spices, dried fruit mingling with a generous dollop of brandy. The fact that the cake was sometimes burnt a tad on top, did nothing …