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Joy: From the Ground Up

A Different Kind of Light December 1, 2013

Salami. It’s one of the less glamorous things I dream about. And today my dreams were realized, as they usually are around this time of year. I knew it the second mom came into the house with those bags from the grocery store. I could smell that deliciousness a mile away. Salami.

It’s a special treat in my forever home, saved only for a special occasion. Around here, it’s a very small part of a very big tradition in the Schmidt home known as Christmas tree day. It came a little earlier than usual this year (thanks, in part, to my parents planning around the impeding arrival of baby Schmidt). Usually this special day happens the first or second weeks of December. Not this year.
Let There Be Light
Christmas came early this year. And with it came a slew of traditions. All I can think to compare it to is when us canines obsessively nest. You’ve all seen it – we can’t lie down until we find the absolute perfect position in the best possible spot. The ritual can take as much as a few minutes sometimes. Though none of it involves lying down, tradition and ritual seem to be incredibly important to my mom this time of year.

All I have ever been able to focus on during Christmas tree day is the salami. So today (after I had secured at least two samples from mom) I focused on the rest of the traditions that surround the day. Mom turns up Christmas music, puts on a silly Santa hat, and prepares a few plates of appetizers for her and dad to munch on while they work. It’s all part of the tradition, and has been since my mom was a little girl.

I enjoy watching them reminisce about where and when they bought certain ornaments. Some bring laughs (like the goofy handmade ones mom made when she was little). A couple bring tears (like the one dad gave to mom a year or two before he passed away). But, as with all rituals, it always ends the same way. And it doesn’t have to make sense. It started with salami but it ends with glowing light. Not just on the tree, but in our hearts.


34 Responses to “A Different Kind of Light”

  1. That is a beautiful Christmas photo!

  2. utesmile Says:

    Let the light shine on the tree and in your heart and enjoy the time in December towards Christmas!

  3. What a beautiful post. Sorry for the tears and loss but glad to hear many bring smiles and light. Enjoy the salami (Litchi has never tried any but I’m sure she’d go completely nuts for the stuff)

  4. Basil Says:

    Sounds lovely!

  5. Salami… that sounds like a poem. Wish I had one…

  6. Lyn Says:

    That sounds like a lovely tradition Wiles. My best friend of 34 years is coming to dinner tonight and we’re going to put up my tiny little tree (all 2 feet tall) and the nativity set. I’d love to have a big 6 foot tree, but I just don’t have the room in my tiny sitting/dining room. But the tree is fibre optic and the tips of the pine needles constantly change colour. I love Christmas!

    • Dear Lyn,
      I’ve been wondering – how did your tree and nativity turn out? Size doesn’t matter as long as joy is in the heart. I’m a pretty good example of that. πŸ˜‰
      Lots of love,

  7. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, you are a lucky fellow to have such a traditional home, loving parents AND salami! Does it get any better than that? (Yes, wait ’til next year!) P.S. Last sentence seems to warrant a slight shift, from “Not just on the tree, but in their hearts.” to “Not just on the tree, but in our hearts.” Soft grin. Best ~ HuntMode

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