Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tues...Wednesdays With Rita

Yep, Tuesday just came and went. I did think briefly about my blog post as we headed to do some shopping but the rest of the day it was just....well....gone.

And I'm sorry to say I just don't have any inspiration this week. There is so much going on. I'm still having the onslaught of eye doctor appointments and Doug returned to work after breaking his ribs. Thus the hurried shopping while we could still go during the week.

I did think a bit yesterday about new traditions. How long do you have to do something before it becomes a tradition? Does it matter? Since Jessica moved to Washington and it's just Doug and I for the holidays we have simplified what we do. Most of our shopping is for the grandkids and all of that has to be mailed early so then we just don't do much except have a nice dinner.

Our new tradition, however, is to spend a couple of hours roaming Cost Plus World Market for fun and interesting foods to send to the kids. Foods from around the world, traditional foods, long time favorites such as Walker's shortbread. We have so much fun and it just isn't the holidays until we make it to CPWM. We did that yesterday and I have to say it does seem like each year the selection goes down a bit. We couldn't find a few items. Everybody in the family will get their shortbread.

Do you have any "new" traditions? Say the last 5 to 10 years? What is your signal that the holidays are here?

Happy Hanukkah.

An old journal page that (re)caught my eye.


  1. Oh boy Rita do I so hear you on this post ;) With the kiddos out of the house it's an adjustment to say the least and then when they move away for jobs and dreams...it really changes things. Christmas is so for the kiddos and since I have no grandbabies as yet...I feel like I'm in limbo as well. One tradition that we started a few years ago was trying to wrap up the "gift cards" (cause that's what everyone seems to want these days ;) in a special, fun way. We also try to get together for New Years Eve so that everyone can be with their respective families in their homes on Christmas Day. We play games all night and take down the Boose Tree (that's another story ;) and everyone sleeps in so no drinking and driving, etc. I also go to Dollar Tree and get stocking for all the young adults because they just don't seem to buy the stuff they should like toothbrushes every 3 months...lol Last year I bought Santa Hats and stuffed them as stockings and then made everyone wear them for the family photo...lol Still trying to decide if I'm going to put up a tree here at the Love Shack since we won't be here for Christmas...traveling to Charlotte to be with my sister and oldest son. How about you? Do you put up a tree or deck out your house?

  2. Our tradition since the kids have grown and married or moved away from home is to get together for Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful time of family. No commitments on Christmas and New Years...they can spend those days with in-laws or friends. We usually have our family picture done on Thanksgiving thus giving us nice Christmas cards to send out (love how they can be ordered online and picked up within a couple hours)

  3. hello rita, thanks for visiting my blog today. as for christmas traditions well we my 3 young sons decorated the christmas tree today with their decorations that they have made over the last couple of years. We will bake a big batch of mince pies soon and I really like shortbread so might have a go at baking some of that with them this year. Have a good christmas..I always think the preparation up to rather than the actual day is the best

  4. way to embrace change....for that is the one thing we are assured of in life, right!

    and you have caught my eye with your 're-caught' journal page! I love all of your layers and colours....well done! so glad you shared! now i want to play with my own journal as I have not yet made time for today's entry! yikes....I suppose that is my strongest tradition....my kids do it too!

    have a great weekend!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  5. It's funny - my hubby and do the same a World Market!

  6. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"


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