As parents we used in our day to day vocabulary two Portuguese words more often than any others, recently I have been thinking why?
In spite of being two very distinct words, they seemed to serve always an identical purpose or objective, at least for us they conveyed similar meaning as we raised our children. Cuidado- A word to warn us that ahead are obstacles or challenges that can be prevented if precautions are taken along the way, a form of showing concern and care, of calling our attention for something important, of being thoughtful and aware of how precious life is . Calma- A word that invites to slow a little to avoid problems that can be encountered if we rush too fast into things, a sister word of tranquility and peace.
At first it might seem these words imparted a sense of fear or lack of confidence in what lays ahead, but as I look in retrospective as a parent, they meant exactly the opposite, we used them because we really saw the opportunities of life in front of us if w…
We certainly enjoy the Christmas tree and the symbols associated with it, we love the advent that every week of December anticipates the arrival of Christmas, we love giving presents, singing carols, reading Christmas stories, and many other wonderful Christmas traditions we adopted over the years.
These four traditions listed below have been with us for as long as we remember, do you want to find out about how old are they? and why do we still keep them? keep reading then! 1. The Nativity
The representation of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, the humble yet sublime scene of Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus in the stable with the animals, the shepherds and the star was always the center ornament at the home of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
In the first Christmas just after our wedding mom and I bought our own set of the nativity, that we still use until today. No other decoration has brought Christ to our Christmas more than this one! 2. Christmas Eve Fish is the tr…