New and Old Traditions This December

Last Sunday, we went for a drive and didn’t head back home until it was starting to get dark. To my delight, many homes already had their Christmas lights up and some were displaying decorated trees in the windows. I totally get it. The need for Christmas cheer is more important than ever this year. Local news reports tell us that customers are buying Christmas paraphernalia, including cards, much earlier than normal.

As is my usual tradition, I decorated our tree this week, as I like to have it done by my son’s birthday in a couple of days. Three weeks ago, I started holiday shopping because I wasn’t sure if our area would have further lockdown restrictions by December. I’m not a fan of shopping online yet, although I’m getting there.

Sadly, many local outdoor lighting festivities have been canceled along with in-person fundraising activities, so I’ve been doing online donations. Christmas will look a bit different for many of us this year. Our gathering will be pared down, though we’re still planning a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. And there will be gifts to wrap, cards to mail, and favorite Christmas movies to watch, so lots of our traditions will be intact.

The biggest and most welcome change to Christmas 2020 is the presence of our little Ellie, who is now fourth months old. It will be awesome to celebrate with a young child again, even though she’s too young to understand what’s going on.

So, new and old traditions merge this month into what I hope will be an optimistic end to 2020. What hasn’t changed is the gratitude I feel for what I do have and the opportunity to give back in a variety of ways. Now that preparations are underway, let’s hope this last month of the year will be the best one of 2020 yet!

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired me to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for my my Casey Holland transit security novels. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

12 thoughts on “New and Old Traditions This December”

  1. Ahhh. . . Merry Christmas, Debra! I am enjoying all the lights too. We are learning that it’s not about gifts, it’s about love and light in the darkness, joy and peace. Over the years we’ve become desensitized to the meaning behind those words but we are remembering.

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  2. I have always preferred the lights to any other part of Commercial Christmas… It does seem especially important for all of the symbolism of our current circumstances — most specifically the light at the end of the tunnel (and a good light, not the train)… I also like it because lights feel more inclusive of all religions, signaling our need to really see each other in the darkness of the times.

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    1. Yes, I totally agree. Lights are important to so many cultures and religions. Love your metaphor about the light at the end of the tunnel. I think that’s exactly what people are seeking.


  3. Beautiful sentiments, Debra! It sounds like your Christmas would be relatively similar to other years, except for a smaller crowd. Not bad. 🙂

    Covid or not, our holiday season is always pretty much the same as we don’t live in a house, don’t have a Christmas tree, don’t really shop for gifts or wrap them (we are always on the road, away from family), and don’t have a big feast. That being said, we might have a small gathering in the California desert with two other nomad couples. Happy holidays!

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