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The Joys of Christmas As We Age

seniors, christmasWe seniors have been blessed with an abundance of years. In our western culture, that means an abundance of  Christmases.  We have the perspective to look back and observe how Christmas has changed for us. In our grandparents’ time, everyone was included at Christmas and Hanukkah; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were all a part of gatherings and events.

In Canada and the United States, during the 1940s and 1950s, ethnicity was still a factor in our communities, and large Jewish, Italian, German, French and Eastern European families observed their unique traditions, especially at Christmas.  Grandparents and other older relatives had a secure place in our families. We can all remember them, the contributions they made, the complications of their daily lives,  the stories about them. They were sometimes loveable and wise and sometimes irascible and cantankerous—they possessed the full range of human qualities.  During Christmas, they participated fully, sometimes insisting on observing old world customs. Our celebrations were more complicated because of them, and undoubtedly richer. read more