|Re: Christmas Trees in the Common House||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stevenson/Bitner (lilbertconcentric.net)|
|Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 13:07:14 -0600|
I just had a great idea-I can do an advice column for cohousing! Just kidding. For the holidays, we usually have a "celebrate everything" attitude. Mostly, it depends on what people are willing to organize! We usually have a tree, Hanukkah decorations and a Kwanzaa celebration that involves a ball of yarn being tossed around a circle to create a web-Kwanzaa is a great way to celebrate community and it fits right in. We have a couple who always cook together on the same team who always make latkes for hanukkah-yum! A new family brought us another tradition- a posada that we do on Christmas eve- and I think our one Hispanic member, who was never much of a participant in the community, really felt included for the first time. That is speculation on my part, but she does seem to have become more outgoing in the last year. We've done solstice celebrations as well, but I haven't attended one of those recently, and can't remember if we've done that recently. Last year we had a karioke(sp?) thing, where I sang "I'll be home for Christmas" to the surprise of everybody, and showed off my voice, and lots of people sang and did crazy stuff. The kids like the singing, dancing and Posada the best. One member has a birthday/Chrismas party every year, which was last night. I didn't go because I'm a little under the weather, but it's usually good fun. We really do cover all bases, and it honestly doesn't end up being too much hype. If you think about how these traditions got started, it's because we need to lift our spirits in the dark days of winter and share companionship when we all tend to stay in our houses by ourselves. Cohousing is the perfect place to celebrate any and all holidays you can think of. We are fortunate to have quite a diversity of traditions to celbrate here, and I only remeber one meeting in the beginning when we discussed the problem of what to do about the holidays. Some people wanted to put up Christmas stuff and others were offended-until we decided to do it all. Not much uproar about that decision. Our group is much larger than yours, Joani, and I think a gift exchange has never come up because it's just another thing to organize for alot of people. But it sounds like fun, and I have been involved in one of those where you get to "steal" the other people's presents, and they're a blast. Quite a fun, ironic, turnaround on the "giving spirit" of the holidays! I think it would be fun for all you guys in the Bay Area to go caroling at each others' commonhouses! Liz Stevenson Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento, CA
Christmas Trees in the Common House Joani Blank, December 12 1998
- Re: Christmas Trees in the Common House Stevenson/Bitner, December 13 1998
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