What? She must have her dates wrong you say.
It really is the night before Christmas… for those of Orthodox faith.
It’s an interesting thing to celebrate two Christmases throughout your life. It’s a privilege now awarded to baby girl as she joins in the doubled up of festivities.
Growing up, although the primary Christmas we celebrated was on the traditional Westernised date of December 25th, due to my Mum’s background and heritage we were always aware of at the very least, if we weren’t helping our relatives celebrate the Orthodox Christmas day of January 7th.
Seeing as Hubbie’s family is also of Orthodox faith, this acknowledgement and acceptance has grown and continued. All of my life, family and friends around me have celebrated this day… I have been to countless Christmas parties and participated in token Orthodox traditions, drank and ate and been merry on this holiest of days.
Which nationalities celebrate this day you might ask? Well there are Macedonians, Serbians, Polish, Russian, and Greek, to name a few…
I think it’s important to respect and value other traditions, even those that we may not be privy to or understand in the fullest.
Just as living in Australia, I believe that Australian customs should be respected and appreciated by all those who choose to call this country their home, so too do I believe the reverse should be norm: Aussies should respect the traditions and heritage of those with customs and holidays from far off our shores.
Including a different Christmas.
Sometimes I hear a bit of ignorance. One side might discount the other, calling theirs the ‘real Christmas.’
I think this is a bit sad. I don’t think we should be arguing over religion and politics and trying to up our own stance by discounting the other.
Why can’t we all respect each other’s traditions while still enjoying our own?
THIS GOES BOTH WAYS.
Baby girl went to bed tonight excited. She was asking if Santa would come again… I told her he only makes one stop a year, but that there would still be PRESENTS.
We did the majority of presents on the Westernised Christmas day, but I have an inkling she will get something. 😉
A second Christmas for a kid? That’s like a second birthday!
She, and we, are fortunate to have double the Christmases, every year. ♥
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