Wednesday's Words on a Friday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.

If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the prompts are supplied by Cindi and can be found here.

This week's words/prompts are:

Share a tradition you have this time of year, when, why or how it became a tradition and how it makes you feel. 

This is tough, traditions are usually something that occurs at the same time and place, in the same way, for years, decades, generations. I don't have anything like that. Things change here from one year to another, depending on what plans the kids have and now that the grandchildren are grown, things are even more different.

How many years does something have to happen before it is called a tradition? I would think two or three isn't long enough, perhaps after five years, the same event in the same place might be called a tradition, especially if plans are made for "same time, same place, next year"

The only thing I do every year is to clean the house from top to bottom, practically inside out too, but not for Christmas. This is for New Year, because you do not carry "old dirt" into the new year. The origins of this, I believe, is that you don't carry grudges from one year to the next, instead you make peace with your friends and family, to get a fresh start with the fresh new year. 

But it works just as well for housekeeping. I like to start the new year with cleaned floors, polished furniture, washed curtains and fresh sheets on the bed. Even the fridge and pantry get a clean out. 

I guess that counts as a tradition. 


  1. Replies
    1. joeh; thank you, I thought it would count. Most people seem to focus on Christmas and the dinners/gatherings as tradition.

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    1. Sandi; welcome to drifting. Cleaning is always good. There's something soothing about uncluttered, softly gleaming surfaces, even if that does only last a day or two before becoming covered in cat hair again.

  3. And what a lovely tradition it is.
    There is something about a clean house which makes me feel much better. And I LOVE clean sheets on the bed. If there was a clean sheet fairy I would have clean sheets everyday.

    1. Elephant's Child; sadly, I think a clean sheet fairy would charge a lot more than in the past. once upon a time she was called Mum, and took payment in hugs and kisses, now she's called cleaning lady and charges dollars by the hour.

  4. That sounds like one I should start. Like the idea of a clean start. Guess I have time.

    1. Arkansas Patti; plenty of tome, New Years Eve is still 3 days away, four in your half of the world.

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    1. messymimi; thank you, I'd never considered it a tradition, but I will now.

  6. That's a tradition I need to start! It seems like a lot more work that eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, which is a tradition my mom passed on from her mom.

    1. Val; black eyed peas on New Year's Day? What's the story behind that tradition?

  7. You make me clean up here!
    Funny enough Ingo´s Granma had the tradition to under no circumstances do laundry between Christmas and New Year´s Eve.
    I start with cleaning the dishes now, after Ingo repaired the sink that I crashed. Over months, I reckon. Cheapy stuff here! And loads of dirty dishes, too, hence. Ew.

    1. Iris Flavia; my mum was the opposite, between the day after Christmas and New Year's Eve, EVERYTHING got washed. We always woke up on New Year's Day with the house looking brand new. I don't scrub as much as she did, but I do clean the floors and wash the curtains, put clean sheets on the bed and never go to bed leaving dishes in the sink, so that's the easiest part of the whole job.


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