How do you remember Christmas? What traditions are essential to make it really feel like Christmas?
So much of how we experience Christmas is based in nostalgia, an understanding and, often, idealization of the past.
The Cupboard hosts gathered to enjoy a Christmas tasting (recipe below), share memories, and discuss the of role nostalgia at Christmastime. There’s a term we just discovered, “imagined future nostalgia,” wanting to make memories now that will hold meaning in the future, which can place additional pressure on preparations for Christmas.
We hope that you are able, in spite of the uncertainties or pressures you may be experiencing, to know and experience that Christmas can be informed by the future, which is good, rather than a longing or recreation of the past. Merry Christmas from all of us at Rector’s Cupboard!