December’s gifts.

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Custom, ceremony, celebration & consecration,

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come to us wrapped up, not in tissue and ribbons, but in cherished memories. 

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Memories that delighted us as children,

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we are now intent on preserving for our own.

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I used to think that the reason I love decking the halls, was so I could create happy memories for my children.

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But after all these years, I have come to realize that it brings me just as much joy.

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One of the most important aspects of the holiday season are rituals.

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Rituals that families do, year after year.

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We bring out the old glass, polish up the silver,

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sing the old songs, and say the same prayers.

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We all need the reassuring that our treasured rituals bring.

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As the season of Believing starts to wind down, 

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I remind myself to live it to the fullest before it passes.

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I breathe the cold air, drink the drink, taste the fruit & resign myself to the influences of each and every one.

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 After all the toys, tinsel, carols, cards and chaos,

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when I pack up our beloved holiday traditions,

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there are evenings of quiet reflection and peace.

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I will carefully wrap these family traditions in tissue,

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And hang on to the comfort & joy.

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I hope you are loving every minute of your holiday season!

xo Lisa

Photos: Lisa Porter

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