We wrap up our Generation Gap series this week with our readers’ celebration pages – birthdays and christmas. We love that everyone who participated has appreciated that these pages are special beyond the products and papers used on them – the memories that each challenge has evoked are recorded now for their children and beyond. Thank you so much ladies – we’ll get some special goodies out to you very soon!
Christine Rumley starts us off with birthday traditions. She writes: I've included lots of journalling about the way we celebrate birthdays in my family. It's very small type, but it reads "I firmly believe that a child's birthday is a special occasion and that the birthday child should feel like they are the most important person in the world on their special day. My parents made me feel that way and I do the best to make my children feel like that too. As a kid, my birthday parties were relatively simple. We didn’t have a big party every year, and when we did they were always held at home, mostly with family and sometimes with neighbourhood kids too. I remember how special I felt on my birthday when I saw that cake made especially for me. You kids have quite big parties and you share your special day with your cousins and school friends. They are usually held at specific venues rather than home. Bec, this year you went Zumba dancing, and Will, yours was at CSIRO Discovery Centre. I always make you a special cake in a design of your choice. I love doing that and seeing the joy it brings to your faces".
Heidi Barclay also chose birthdays with this gorgeous layout. How precious is that photo! The two journalling cards are hidden behind the photo and reads:-
This was one of my parties, I remember my dad always used to get me an ice-cream cake for my birthday's - that was also one of my favourite dresses which I was wearing.
We used to have clowns made from ice-cream cones and marie biscuits and filled with lollies inside, another favourite was red and green fizz pops (lolly pops) which looked like a flower arrangement.
Thanks to Agnus Kasprzak for sharing a different perspective on her family Christmas. She writes: I have always loved Christmas and although it might seem a bit strange to celebrate a traditional Polish Christmas on the other side of the world in the middle of summer, that's how Christmas at Baba's (Nan's) house has been for over 30 years since we moved to Australia.
Wigilia which means 'vigil' is traditionally celebrated with a Christmas Eve supper after the first star appears in the evening sky. It always begins with the sharing of Oplatek (a blessed Communion like wafer) by everyone at the table to wish good health and prosperity and is followed by a meal of beetroot soup (borscht) with mushroom dumplings, sweet & savory pierogi and various fish dishes. We always have Polish cheesecake and a rolled poopyseed cake for dessert before moving onto the fun part of opening all the presents that everyone has put under the beautifully decorated tree.
Finally, Rebecca Young dug out photos of both herself and her daughter with Santa. She writes: My journaling reads: The man in the red suit who only visits once a year. Growing up I used to be so excited knowing he was coming to visit me. Somehow, he always knew exactly what I wanted and always delivered so much more! You like Santa too and have been lucky to meet him a few times at the shops and at kindy. He is a very clever man, enjoy him as much as you can. "This week I've used papers and embellishments by MME - Lost & found 2 collection.