Christmas Still Life with Cat

It’s 7:08 on Christmas morning. How come the cat and I are the only ones awake? And who’s the kid in this family anyway? *drums impatiently*

As Joy is quick to remind me, when Indigo was born and we needed to figure out holidays, I didn’t even want to celebrate Christmas. “We’re Jewish Unitarian Universalists,” I said. “I don’t believe in Jesus Christ and all that.”

“Amy, you lead Christmas services every year!”

“Yes, well, that’s for my church . . . If I really celebrated the holiday that means the most to me, we’d just do Solstice.”

“Solstice, schmolstice,” she said. “I want presents!”

“So we’ll do Hanukah like when we were kids.”

“I celebrated Hanukah and Christmas when I was a kid.”

I snorted, though gently. “That seems like trying to have it all.”

“Yep! What’s wrong with that?” she said.

And that line of argument won. Being me, I have to justify it by recalling that I really am very happy Jesus was born. Happy birthday, Jesus!

Joy herself draws the line short of having a Christmas tree. However, the years of erosion from Indigo’s lobbying have led to this rosemary plant from Trader Joe’s now making back to back appearances. Indigo decorated it with earrings of mine. But we are definitely never putting up lights. Bah, humbug.

The stockings were hung from the postcard rack with care

2 thoughts on “Christmas Still Life with Cat

  1. Be careful about saying “never.
    My Jewish parents raising their kids UU progressed from presents on the 25th to stockings by the fireplace to a Christmas tree, “as long as all the ornaments were handmade, there were no angels and no tinsel, and we punctured our fingers stringing cranberries and popcorn,” which we did faithfully each year while watching “Holiday Inn” (which I loved, back when I was oblivious to the blatant racism in that movie. Sigh.)

    PS My sister gave me Hanukah lights (with little menorahs) many years ago, so there’s always that.

  2. I had some friends who were a rabbi’s daughter and a minister’s son. they had something they called a Hanukkah Bush. I found them a string of those tinsel stars that had six-pointed stars, and it was perfect for them!
    In my family of origin, we had all the Christmas stuff, but we celebrated it as a secular holiday. No religious overtones at all. After opening presents and having a huge fancy breakfast on Christmas morning, we all put on our “grubbies” and went out in the yard and swept up all the leaves and took them to the dump. In those days the dump was free and open all the time. We had a wonderful time marveling over the stuff people throw away.

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