52 Photos: Holiday Traditions

Icicle and red globe

This week’s prompt: Holiday Traditions.

Last week a man asked me how my Christmas preparations were going. I cringed, took a deep breath, and confessed to him that I don’t celebrate. I told him I don’t like telling people that, because I don’t want to ruin their enjoyment of the holiday. He took it with good cheer and I felt okay, this time.

I was struggling with this prompt, because Hannukah was so early in the month, it feels like it was in another season. Besides which, I can only seem to muster up enough effort to light candles. And this year we got gelted into buying some chocolate coins.

Happy Hannukah!

8th night

For the second year in a row, there has been a small holiday event at the park down the street from us. We are quickly coming to love this tradition, which includes the fabulous Beaconettes, a choral group from Beacon Hill in Seattle, who take familiar songs and add their own twist for extra enjoyment.

Beaconettes exposed

I don’t have any pictures of my own, but we cap off our festivities every year by going to the show Homo for the Holidays. It really does feel like family, and every year we return to laugh ourselves silly.

I hope you all are enjoying the day and holiday, no matter what you find yourselves doing. Thank you for reading, for cheering me on, and for being who you are. That is the greatest gift I could ever receive.

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2 thoughts on “52 Photos: Holiday Traditions

  1. Rebecca

    I love your holiday traditions… and I don’t see any reason for you to feel guilt that you don’t celebrate Christmas! I only do by virtue of being married to someone who does. I agree that Hanukkah feels a lifetime ago… why is everyone celebrating now? Aren’t the holidays long over? 😉

    Also, I love that top-down shot of the Hanukkah candles, the rainbow of colors, the symmetry and repetition.

    And those headdresses in the last photo are suh-weet!

    Sending all the best wishes to you and yours for the season — for Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, for Solstice, and for the New Year. Looking forward to writing with you all year long…

    1. slowbloom Post author

      Thank you, Rebecca, for being a kind and kindred spirit. I’m so grateful to have found you through the magic of ether and electrical charges. And thank you for your compliments on my photos! As you know, you are a big inspiration in my own photography!

      Looking forward to 2014 and seeing what we will sow, reap and harvest.

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