Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Family Traditions

In my books of 2008 - August edition - I mentioned, rather briefly, a book by Jennifer Trainer Thompson. I said that I was disappointed in the book and preferred Mrs. Sharp's Traditions.

Well, Ms. Trainer Thompson was kind enough to respond in the comments and now I feel a little sheepish. (Me: "Baaa") An actual-real-life-published author read my blog! Little ol' me? Now I wish I'd have said more.

I think the book was just not what I expected and my expectations were, as ever, probably far too high. The author and I seem to be living very different lives and are therefore seeking somewhat different traditions and ceremonies for our families.

My family tends to be rather old fashioned in focus, which is why I tend to prefer older ideas. I can promise you that we will not be celebrating any "solstice". And, much as I understand the fact that not everyone celebrates the way I do, no other winter "holiday" is going to compare to Christmas in our home. While we merely tend to be old-fashioned we completely dedicated to living, as we understand it, biblically. It isn't something we do, it's something we are.

This book is worth reading, even if you read it to say, "We already do that." Ultimately this shows that many mothers are seeking through reading books, blogs, and what have you to make life meaningful for our children, spouses, and selves, even though that's going to look different for each of us. And that's an idea worth celebrating.

And to Ms. Thompson, if you're reading this: no hard feelings, right? I'm friends with another author on Facebook, even though we completely disagree on politics, religion, and just about everything else. It can happen!


Anonymous said...

indeed, no hard feelings!

Jessica said...

WOW! The actual author visiting your bloggie. Impressive Karen. ;)

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