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Christmas in Canaan
An interesting part of the movie
Christmas is a Special Time
I watched the movie Christmas in Canaan, and it got me to express more about Christmas time.
It is nearly Christmas time again and this is my best time of the year. I can remember from the late seventies I just loved the Christmas Holidays.
I did receive gifts like dolls, other toys and the girly stuff which to me was normal and fun.
The most important of all was to spend time with family. I enjoyed that part of Christmas time. Being with people is very important and every year as I grew older I remembered those very good times had with my family.
The movie Christmas Canaan showed me another experience of Christmas time.
How do you spend Christmas day?
The Christmas Holidays is a spiritual feeling and makes you can feel over excited when shopping and looking around the stores for what you want to buy for yourself.
In the movie, Christmas in Canaan, Billy Ray Cyrus, the father of Miley Cyrus, the country music singer played the role of Daniel Burton.
I was touched by the whole scene of this movie.
Two classmates of a different race had grown up on a farm of Canaan in Texas. Both boys were tough and smart.
After a fight between the two boys they are taught a lesson.
Living in a racist system of life at that time the boys were allowed to see themselves with hope, love and hate.
The older black woman portrayed as Candus Churchill, as Eunice, she was the granny of the black boy. They lived together on the farm and the white boy were taught a lesson to stay with the granny and grandson.
Matt Ward, played as Rodney, the close classmate was played by Jacob Blair as DJ.
A wounded puppy incident allowed for a good friendship to develop between the two boys.
Rodney Freeman was left with his grandmother while the mother continued her new life with another man leaving her son to grow into a man.
The granny raised her grandson the best she could.
Mrs. Eunice, the granny had passed on one day while the boys were out shopping for her. It was devastating for the boys as they found the old woman lying in the vegetable garden.
The rural life involved a lot of chores and life was not easy in trying to make ends meet.
I enjoyed the Christmas spirit from the movie and that made me feel great.
You may not have everything you want or need on this special day but if you have love and good people in your life everything can feel perfect.
It is not about the most expensive gifts you receive, it is about the love you have to offer each other that really matters. No matter where you live or with who you live the little you have should count for more than what you can't afford.
The appreciative moments you share together matters in life.
Hope and love made all the difference in the Christmas in Canaan.
Christmas in Croatia:
Christmas Eve in Croatia is called Badnjak.
In Eastern Europe this day is celebrated in a similar kind of manner.
Fish is the main meal on the Eve of Christmas.
Most of the people attend the midnight Church service. In the early evening before supper is served a log is burnt and some incense is burnt and smoked throughout the house in a kind of blessing to the home.
I found the procedure quite interesting!
I tried the traditional way of Christmas in Croatia and it felt very different to me.
The wheat is planted on the thirteenth of December the namesake day of Lucy. The wheat sprouts from Lucy's Day. Last year, I made an effort and tried the planting of the wheat in a container it turned out better than I had expected.
I had to continuously keep the sprouts wet enough to grow faster.
It was a challenge and I took it on nicely.
How did I spend Christmas with my family back in South Africa?
A lamb roast and vegetables steamed or roasted has always been our lovely lunch on this day.
We always spent the day playing board games, or a card game or two, talking of old times, laughing about the silly moments, and brought in the best moments together. We wished close friends and family and had happy moments for that day with lots of hugs and kisses.
People spend Christmas differently and not all want to talk about how they went their day.
I had no idea of Santa claus in the Croatian tradition until a year ago.
Saint Nicholas Day known as Sveti Nikola in the Croatian language is on the 6th December. On the 5th of December the Croatian children place their shows on windowsills. On the actual day Saint Nicholas Day, the sixth of December to their surprise their shoes are all filled with little goodies like sweets and nice little presents.
Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world.
I have experienced a different kind of Christmas in Croatia and have really enjoyed it.
It is surely a spiritual celebration for Croatians and is also a feast.
The beliefs for Croatians as for other cultures are respected, important and great. Meat is not eaten on the Eve of Christmas.
Stuffed cabbage, sarma, a suckling pig, walnuts cakes, and always bread is part of this feast on the night of Christmas. I like the fig cake which is the most common cake eaten at this time of year.
Salted sardines and Bakalar is eaten on the Eve of Christmas. The Bakalar is the Croatian name of Cod fish.
I have experienced Christmas in South Africa, and now in Croatia. A very different one in Croatia and is not as commercialized in the area I live in as is in the city of Dubrovnik.
Christmas is a special time for everyone involved this time of year. It is not just about shopping till you drop. You got to be in the moment and enjoy the moment.
Appreciate what you have for all times.
People tend to rush around a lot more during the festive season shopping, working and decorating their homes.
Instead of trying to be competitive about which home owner has the best decorated home think about those who don't have anything at all.
Have an open mind and share!
I am grateful for everything I have and for having such loving people in my life,
Don't forget those who have helped you out at your worst times. This is the time to show appreciation and thankfulness.
Be true to yourself and to those who have taken you out of a rut.
A time for love and great hope in one's life especially at this time of year.
I learned about a new religion, and have opened my mind and heart to new people. All I have allowed me to know more and to enjoy each celebration in peace.
The challenges I am faced with daily has made me see life from all sides.
I don't have any major plans for Christmas a week to go and I am not sure as yet.
The Croatian Christmas is to spend time with family, have a traditional lunch of dry and smoked pork.
Traditionally in most parts of the world Christmas is spent at home with family and close friends.
Later on in the afternoon the local people get together and visit around the village homes to have drinks and sweet treats. Everyone gets into jovial moods and share good conversations.
The Croatian culture is open to accepting presents on Christmas Day.
During the festive season the local priest visits all families to bless their homes. On this day the Christmas trees are taken down.
This happens on the 6th January the day called The Three Kings.
Christmas time is a time for forgiving each other
How do you spend Christmas day?
© 2014 Devika Primić