December 2 – A Potpourri of Prompts

advent calendar 2For today, a potpourri of prompts, like a basket of baubles.  Take one and hold it up to the light.  Take many and string them together like a paper chain.  Take a few and join them together with sticky tape and tinsel.  Please yourself.

Photo by Maria Gair

Photo by Maria Gair

  • What marks the beginning of the holiday season for you?  In what ways, if at all, has this marker changed at different points in your life?
  • What traditions do you have for this season?
  • What is your favourite holiday memory?
  • Is there a particular food you only eat during December?  Do you like it?  Tell me about it.
  • Is there anything about this year that will be different from every other December you’ve ever known?
  • What are your thoughts on holiday decorations?
How does this writing prompt advent calendar work?
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6 Responses to December 2 – A Potpourri of Prompts

  1. Melissa says:

    Mince pie. I leave that singular on purpose. I eat one mince pie a year, usually at a Christmas celebration here or there. I like exactly one mince pie – two are too sweet but to forgo mince pie altogether would be churlish. At any other time of the year, mince pie has no appeal. But in December, there will be one that crosses my path at a party or get together or coffee shop. And I will enjoy every last bite.

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  2. Donna says:

    I’ve thought about tradition today and decided it leads only to one extreme or the other. There is joyful nostalgia or a pining wistfulness for ‘before’ or ‘other’ instead of now.

    A memory I treasure is when my sons first sat around a table to have lunch at the Steiner kindergarten. Everyone was given a still-warm slice of homemade bread but then asked to give their bread to the person next to them. Each child wanted to keep their slice of bread, but they all did as they were asked. A lovely cheer gradually dawned and spread when each child realised that he/she could give bread away and still have some from another.

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    • Melissa says:

      It hadn’t occurred to me that tradition could be a way of displacing now with some other idealised past. I suppose I like traditions that seem to lace through various times – there is a special wreath bread I remember making with my mom for Christmas while growing up. Now I like to make it and try to interest/involve my daughter. That particular tradition, I hope, can become a way of linking our generations.

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  3. Melissa says:

    Want to know what we said last year about this potpourri of prompts? Here’s a link to 2 Dec 2013 http://wp.me/p1sA7y-lD

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  4. suki60 says:

    Mince pie, you say? My aunt insisted that it is a tradition to eat a mince pie to bring happiness for each month in the forthcoming year – but each mince pie has to be eaten in a different location, and has to have been produced by a different cook. It was very difficult to build up enough stock for a full year of happiness. When we went carol singing and were invited into someone’s house (the children were given orange squash while the adults got sherry) the plate would go round, I would take a small bite of the smallest pie I could see, then surreptitiously slip it into my pocket. I would drop through the grating of the drain nearest the lamppost while we stood to sing the next carol, or sometimes just lob it out into the night. It still counted towards extending my happiness quota.

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  5. Lights. Lights on small trees and in everyday windows. Lights garlanded between the big chestnuts on the Green. Lights cascading over town centre shops and dripping in constellations across passageways and avenues. Lights pricking and bleeding dark afternoons. Lights transforming the ordinary into somethings special.

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