Whatever your traditions, Merry Christmas

When my sister Linda planned to come home for a visit this fall, I had a request.

I wanted her to show me how to make Moravian Christmas stars.

This was one of our Christmas traditions when I was growing up with the stars used as tree ornaments.

Each year when I unpack decorations and look at these stars in particular, I can’t help but think back to earlier times.

My sister Linda is the master maker, fixer, creative can-do person of all my siblings, not to mention someone who is extremely organized and pays keen attention to everything you say or mention that you like or have an interest in.

It came as no surprise, then, that a casual interest expressed over the phone later produced this one-on-one workshop when she visited in September.

She remembered.

And no surprise, she brought with her the materials to do this and gave me an in-person tutorial.

My brother-in-law watched the procedure with feigned interest for about 5 seconds, then gently mentioned as only husbands can to their wives that we could simply run over to the dollar store — what we call the Richmond mall — and buy a bag of bows for a buck or two.

They look pretty much the same and, heck, wouldn’t that be easier? he wondered aloud before he was banished to the garage to do manly projects.

Don’t mess with our stars, and we won’t mess with your cars, the school of thought went.

These dimensional stars are best made out of strips of paper that you thread this way and that with the finished work being dipped in paraffin wax and sprinkled with glitter.

I was pretty little when this tradition that came from my maternal grandmother was being observed, but I think I had an inspired hand in the glitter-sprinkling process anyway.

I can’t honestly say I committed the tutorial procedure to memory much less application, but I did have a flashblack to a Christmas tradition that seemed pretty unique to our family. Maybe not.

Traditions are important things, especially at Christmas, and this can range from the food you eat and the eggnog you gulp to the gifts you give to the people you celebrate the holiday time with.

While our Moravian stars were pretty much in tact for the tree, we made the unsettling discovery that Better Half’s Charlie Brown tree apparently had seen all the Christmases it could handle.

It’s hard to imagine that something as simple as a Charlie Brown Christmas tree could need replaced, but it did. Finding a new one wasn’t so easy, but I kept looking.

And you know what they say — when you quit looking for something, that’s when you find it, and in this case, an even better one.

This one has a Linus blanket and even plays “Linus and Lucy.”

Order is restored in the Kiaski Christmas universe.

So in what ever way you observe Christmas this week, what ever your traditions may be, here’s hoping you have a very Merry Christmas.

(Kiaski, a resident of Richmond, is a staff columnist and community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted atjkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)