I love holidays. Watching fireworks on Independence Day. Carving pumpkings for Halloween. Baking pies for Thanksgiving.
But there’s something extra special about Christmas. Unlike most other holidays, it’s really more of a season than a single day. Most of the time, my family puts up the Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. And that’s just the beginning. There’s driving around to see light displays. Watching holiday movies and listening to classic Christmas songs. Going to family parties to reconnect with many aunts, uncles, and cousins that I might only see on those occasions.
When I moved to Atlanta a few years ago, I added more traditions to that list: strolling around the Botanical Garden with a cup of hot chocolate, admiring the glowing orbs whose colors harmonize with the music in the park; going to the annual ASO Holiday Pops! concert; seeing the Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre.
Some people, when they think about Christmas, think about traditions like those. Others think about memories of particular Christmases past. Or favorite Christmas foods. We all have that one thing that comes to mind first when we think of Christmas.
I created this project to find out more about what that one thing was for other people. Talking about how we experience the holidays offers a window into our lives and even into our diverse cultures to which we might not otherwise be exposed. Perhaps it also reminds us that whatever our differences, we are all still human, and we can all share in that love of celebration.
Many members of Atlanta’s creative community have come together here to share a little about their Christmases. There’ll be a new piece released on the site each day throughout the month of December - essays, stories, photos, and artwork for your reading and viewing pleasure. Check out the calendar for more information about who is participating and when you can expect to see their contribution. And join us over on Facebook for more interaction.
From all of us, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Principal at Epigraph