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Many Ways to Celebrate

December 5, 2019

In Cedarfield tradition, the Pastoral Care Team created this compilation of holiday memoirs by team members and residents. We will share one a day through the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Allie Swanson, Team Member

Christmas is celebrated in many different ways. As a child, one of my most memorable Christmases was celebrated in a very small apartment. The apartment was so small that there wasn’t even a place to set up a tree. My father was intent on providing a Christmas for our family even without a tree, so he created a tree made of wrapping paper and hung it on a door. On Christmas Eve my parents hid our presents throughout the apartment because there was no room below the paper tree to place them. When Christmas morning arrived, we found great joy in waking up and searching high and low for our presents creatively hidden throughout our apartment. My first Christmas with my husband’s family introduced me to many new traditions. After all our presents were distributed and opened, there, remaining under the tree were five identical gifts. Much to my surprise, the special gifts for each of us were Nerf Guns that entertained us for the rest of the afternoon as we chased each other around the house.

Traditions happen in many different ways, but as long as they are spent with family, they are all worth creating.

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