2013-11-16

And so it begins...



Cinnamon man's parents have been and gone (time simply flies!)
and these last two weeks I have been mostly working and entertaining.
Somehow, during that time, the holidays started making themselves heard.
Can you hear it? Jingle bells, silver bells, choirs, the conga... :)

 In Sweden we don't celebrate Thanksgiving (obviously).
Instead we are soon coming up on the first Advent-celebrations,
which to us secularized Swedes mostly just means the Jul preparations.
 But, whereas Jul existed long before the Christians invaded,
Advent is pretty much a Christian thing. We light a candle for every one
of the four Sundays leading up to Jul, for some widely unknown reason.

The holidays make me gage my atheism more than usual.
I make an effort to hold on to the things I really love about Jul
while trying to stay away from the religious aspects of the holiday.
 Some things slip through though, like putting candelabras or pretty stars
in the windows - and all the Christmas music playing. But my focus
will always be on all the wonderful foods and the general atmosphere.




This year, starting December 1st (which is also the first Advent Sunday)
I have decided to start a holiday countdown. The four Sundays leading up
to Jul I will post about how we celebrate in our house, and if you guys would like
to join me - please do! Everyone is welcome; believers and non-believers alike :)
To kick us off, I have posted a small poll in my sidebar, to find out what's most
important to you guys about the holidays. Pick as many options as you want!




 




25 kommentarer:

  1. Best holiday card I ever saw said "Axial tilt is the reason for the season."

    SvaraRadera
  2. Roligt, jag ska försöka posta lite juligt jag med under december ^^

    På tal om thanksgiving, nångång skulle jag vilja arrangera en sån middag hemma på kul bara och bjuda in vänner. Verkligen tillaga all sån mat som de har i länder där det firas :D

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Kalkon, potatismos, tranbärssylt, brunsås och pumpapaj till dessert?
      Vi åt det (förutom pajen) en jul för några år sedan. Det var jättegott, men det är nästan exakt som våra Gåsamiddagar, så det var inget speciellt. Har ni Gåsamiddagar i norr?
      Annars är jag inte så förtjust i pumpapaj - det smakar bara lite fadd, liksom.

      Radera
    2. Ja precis, allt det :D det skulle vara så kul att prova tillaga allt det och sen ska alla såklart tacka för något vid middagsbordet ;)

      Gåsamiddag har jag aldrig hört talas om faktiskt!

      Radera
  3. I'm totally with you on the religious aspects of Christmas, and yet I LOVE it. Not for any of the reasons in your poll, but simply because I enjoy seeing decorations, watching seasonal heartwarming movies, and enjoy the anticipation of others (who'll be celebrating and getting time off work, etc.) I don't celebrate, yet I find all the trappings of the holiday make me very happy.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I agree, it isn't just one or two things - it is the collected atmosphere, the sum of all the Jul parts, definitely :)

      Radera
  4. Ehh...Advent is actually about a lot more, than lighting candles, you should be purifying your soul by fasting and confessing. it doesn't have any mythological reason, it's just a Christian ritual ordered by the Church. :) I'm not religious either, but I absolutely don't mind the religious approach to the holidays - who am I to doubt other's beliefs?! - but for me, Christmas is just a day I spend with my family, we gather and eat together, play boardgames...and the atmosphere created by the lit up Christmas tree is priceless. ^^

    SvaraRadera
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    1. You are right, my choice of the word "mythological" in this context was incorrect, and I have changed it.
      But as far as "doubting other's beliefs" go; I think everyone should doubt and question any belief system any chance they get.

      Radera
    2. Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be a smartass or rude in any way. :)

      I see your point and I do doubt practically all the belief systems out there, but I think, as long as the two attitudes can live queitly next to each other meaning, that I don't make statements about how much I disagree with my neighbours beliefs and she doesn't come knocking on my door with a Bible, it's a personal choice to follow something you find comforting or to question it. I'm not going to walk up to anyone just to tell them how broken their beliefs are if they clearly don't doubt them themselves, but I'm glad to argue with anyone, who's open for debates. That's why I don't mind how other's approach Christmas, I think, it should be left up to the individual what she wants to belive and how she wants to act on her beliefs. :)

      Radera
  5. I see more and more Christmas/Winter holidays related posts :) I can't wait to start decorating the house, putting up a tree, making some crochet and hand made gifts! Yay :)
    See, Religious holidays is one complicated thing for me, as actually, I as an Orthodox Christian, celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January :)hehe So I simply celebrate both the times, don't mind to have more reasons for getting together and making house cozy during this time. Thanks for spreading holiday mood!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Is it Saint Nicholaus you celebrate on the 7th? If you want to join - since that's the 2nd Advent - it would make for a perfectly interesting post that Sunday!

      Radera
  6. Oh, this is a lovely idea. Thank you for telling me when Advent Sunday is! I always miss the first one. I've lit candles at home every year, (apart from the first one, obviously). If I have something that seems appropriate, I'd love to join in.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Any way you celebrate is appropriate as far as I'm concerned! It would be great though, to see something particular to your family or region.

      Radera
  7. I was brought up in a Catholic household, and went to a Catholic school, so some of the religeous aspects of Christmas have stayed with me. These days it's mainly a time to be with family and of course I love decorating the house.

    I adore the Victorian tradition of reading ghost stories at Christmas.

    Can't wait to see your Jul posts and learn more about your Swedish traditions :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Me too, reading to each other is a great forgotten tradition. Leave it to the British in Victorian times to instill a little fear of God and/or ungodly things even during the family holidays ;)

      Radera
  8. Oh my...what wonderful ways to celebrate the holidays. I love hearing how other celebrate. Thank you for sharing.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Me too - and you should join us in sharing how YOU celebrate on Sundays in December!

      Radera
  9. looking forward to seeing your posts!
    Hugs Lynn

    SvaraRadera
  10. I like the idea of lighting candles everyday. Also looking forward to your countdown. December will also be special on Traveling Cats as I will post daily Christmas/winter-themed cat pictures.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I love that idea, and I'll make sure to tune in!

      Radera
  11. I celebrate everything that is fun, delicious and makes me and others happy. So... bring on the congas!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I have never done the Christmas conga, I hope one day I will :)

      Radera
  12. I am not a Christian but I celebrate Christmas in a secular way too! I love the family stuff, decorations, food and gift giving! I think of it as a cozy time to celebrate winter and the people we love! So I do enjoy the commercial aspect of the holiday quite a lot!

    SvaraRadera

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