Like most anniversary and holidays, the celebration depends on the situation and who is involved. When the kids were home I used to decorate for the holidays like no one’s business. Since they’ve left home? I haven’t put up a Christmas tree in six years. Why should I when I’m always traveling to another home--Christmas Eve in the south of Michigan and Christmas Day in the north? I still enjoy the celebration, but don’t have the clean-up, find and sort, decorate event, or the take-down-clean-up-put-away experience. Easter figurines? Given to my kids for their kids to enjoy; just as they were to me (some are on their 5th generation as decor). Sometimes a holiday means sitting back and relaxing -- like with a good book from MuseItUp or MuseItHot.
Now, my Dad died on Halloween at age seventy-five. We were all heartbroken but glad he had escaped his pain at last, and we celebrated his life even as he left us. At 5:00 PM, my brothers were handing out candy to the very youngest Halloweeners coming to the door while a hearse was parking in front of the house. My older brother was even asking those who looked a little older if they wanted to come in and see a dead body as he dropped chocolates into their containers. Parents stood on the sidewalk looking apprehensive about whether this was a ghoulish Halloween stunt or if they should have let their children intrude. This was not the first such situation for my family. Matter of fact, we’re kind of use to this type of holiday; and my dad? If he’d been with us, he would have been laughing his head off. Like I said, it all depends on the people and situation involved, and most funerals are a different type of keen celebration.
For any fall-winter celebration, a mug of hot-spiced wine (or cider) seems to put everyone in the mood no matter what mood is required: Combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 cup of water (see cider content), 5 whole cloves, 1-6” stick of cinnamon broken in pieces in a stainless steel pan. Place over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add 1thinly sliced lemon and 1 bottle of red wine (or eliminate water and use 4 cups of cider), let simmer ten minutes. Serve hot in mugs with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.
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