Last Friday I had the treat of spending the day with my absolutely darling, but growing up way to fast, grandson, Lucas.
We decided we would go see the Peanuts movie and have lunch at Applebees. What more could a grandmother ask for?
We went to Applebees and decided to play tic, tac, toe while we waited for our order to be filled. Now Lucas is only 6, so I am in the habit of letting him win most of the time. I occasionally win a game in order to show him some strategy. To my surprise after winning two games, I watched as Lucas deliberately let me win a game and then gave me a lesson in strategy.
After we played a few more games, Lucas spied a sign on the table. He is a beginning reader and sounded out Happy Hour. The next question I wasn’t prepared for. “What is Happy Hour, MeMe”? I have to admit for about 30 seconds I was stumped for an answer and then I said to him, Lucas any hour I get to spend with you is a happy hour. Well, I was rewarded with the biggest hug and a kiss.
We went to see the Peanuts gang and I am so happy to report that in this age of hi tech movies, he was very engaged with the story and told me after the film ended that he really liked the movie.
All in all this day was like unwrapping a delicious box of chocolates and finding that they were not only delightful to look at but the box was filled with all your very best favorites.
I started wondering last week about Christmas traditions. I looked at all the red and green that is used for Christmas decorating. I asked several very bright people if they knew why the popularity of red and green. No one knew the answer. So I went on an hunt for the answer. I know you are all thinking, “This woman has way too much time on her hands”. But I really don’t have that much time but once I have a question without an answer I become a regular Dora the Explorer.
I think the most likely root of the red and green tradition dates back to the 1300s when Adam and Eve’s Day was celebrated on December 24th. Each year on this day churches traditionally presented a Paradise Play depicting the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.
Now you can’t have a story about Adam and Eve without an apple tree but since it wasn’t easy to find a real tree full of ripe, red apples during the winter apples someone came up with the idea of fastening apples to the branches of a pine tree. This decorated pine tree represented the Tree of Good and Evil. But the tree wasn’t only seen in the play. Churches began adding a tree donning red apples into their Christmas displays.
The decorated tree that began as a prop for the Paradise play was so popular especially in Germany, that people began to put pine trees up in their homes during the holiday, decorating them with red apples, as the church folks had done and the tradition of having a Christmas treee was born.
The idea spread and both Christmas trees and the color combination of red and green were well on its way to becoming official symbols of the Christmas holiday.