Christmas Eve Celebrations – A Spanish Tradition

Last night, while I was prepping the turkey for tonight’s dinner, my daughter asked me why do Spaniards celebrate Christmas on the 24th?

Good question.  My answer of course was….because that is the way it’s always done!

Truth is, I am not quite sure.  ***cue in Google search here***

Yikes!!  I am Roman Catholic!! – I really should have known the answer to this…

Truth is it doesn’t matter when you celebrate; the 24th, 25th, 19th or 28th.  The point is to be able to enjoy your loved ones, both far and near.  To raise a glass to those who have passed on into heaven (Te quiero mucho mama – miss you)

Yesterday I received a card from one of my students that made an impact on me.  It reminded me why I do what I do.  Teaching is my 3rd career and definitely one that I never planned on being in but each time that I see that I have made a difference in a child’s life solidifies that I made the right decision.

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She wanted me to read the card in front of her.  I did.  My heart swelled when I read that she learned from me on how to be strong and be her own person.  I looked up at her with tears in my eyes and she was smiling.  Not a smartalek smirky smile, but one that genuinely went from ear to ear and she jumped to hug me.  I know I don’t teach in the traditional manner that we were taught at Teacher’s College, does that make me less of a teacher? Very few of my students will ever go on to be hairstylists, computer engineers, photographers or project managers because of what I have taught them but I do know this….I’ve empowered each one of them to be their own person.

This is what Christmas is about.  An extra special moment to remind us how special we are to each other.  Yes, we should do it on a regular basis but life gets busy unfortunately.  We should not judge others just because they sin differently than us but making people feel good about themselves is the greatest gift we can give each other.  Let them know they make a difference in your life.

Those words: “how to be strong and be her own person” – that is the message I keep getting from Jiu Jitsu.  Learning a drill, getting a stripe or even just figuring out how to keep your pants on or your belt looking fly – at Pura Atos Hamilton, they teach you how to be strong and be your own person – it doesn’t happen in a day or a week, but it’s happening every moment that I show up.

On that note….

Open Mat Schedule: 

December 26th at 12 – 2pm
December 28th at 12- 2pm and 5 -7pm
December 29th at 12 – 2pm and 5 – 7pm
December 30th at 12-2pm
January 3rd at 12 -2pm

From my home to yours, Feliz Navidad everyone!  God bless you all!!

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