This is the last installment in the 613 Holiday Special!
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Over the years, our family, like many others, has established a number of Christmastime traditions. Some are classic, like our annual trek to Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm in Almonte. We take a wagon ride, cut down our tree and usually partake in some hot chocolate. Other traditions lack an obvious connection to Christmas specifically, but still are very much entrenched in the holidays. For example, we have a rather peculiar tendency to watch an 80s Sylvester Stallone movie on Boxing Day. I don’t know how that began; it’s just what we do.
But some of my favourite traditions are the ones that have endured from my own childhood. Probably most beloved among these, are the angel chimes. For those who may not be familiar, angel chimes are decorative metal structures that, to the best of my knowledge, originated in Sweden. Easily assembled in a minute or so, they feature a set of four small candles that, through their heat, rotate three little angels that each take turns ringing a tiny chime.
When I was little, my Mum would bring a set into my room at bedtime on the evenings leading up to Christmas. We would light the candles and sing one or two Christmas carols together on the edge of my bed, watching the angles circle around, delicately pealing the bell with each pass.
When I had children of my own, my mother passed along one of the angel chime sets to me. So now, with my two boys, during the week before Christmas, we light the chimes each evening and enjoy a brief candlelit sing-along of our own.
With all the technology that surrounds my kids in their day-to-day life, it’s lovely to see them fascinated by something so simple. The ritual really seems to calm them from the excitement and anticipation of the season. At bedtime, although the chimes are made of nothing more than brass plated steel, that makes them worth their weight in gold.
I hope your family traditions, both new and old, are bringing joy to your homes this season. Merry Christmas Everyone!
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