After a year that has thrown up many challenges around the world, we have found ourselves reflecting, appreciating quality time with loved ones and trying to catch a breath amidst the ‘on-demand’ digital rush that is today’s society.
In this diary entry we are honouring traditions. We all have them or adopt the traditions of others. Some are comical and fun, some trigger emotion and tears, some bring people together and ignite a sense of community. These special traditions may have been passed down the generations and spark happy memories with those you care about, they might help to amplify voices and campaign for a cause, or they might be traditions that give you a little moment of calm to contemplate life as we know it.
We want to make time for these traditions, in whatever form they take, not just this Christmas but always! We want to share our traditions with those we care about. It is sometimes too easy to let the stresses of life take over and that is when these important traditions might not always get the attention they deserve. So we want to give our Tartan Rebels the permission to slow down (just as we slow down the processes in our mill) to take note of the moments of magic that are happening on a day to day. Treasure those traditions that have been passed down to you as they have a legacy and need your care and attention to keep them alive (just like our 20th century shuttle looms). You really can make these days with your family and friends count (just as we do with every thread in our Prickly Thistle weaves).
We asked you to share your traditions with us and we were really touched by the sentiment behind these. From Christmas trees adorned with special ornaments to hanging handmade fabric pinecones that were created by a loved one that is no longer with us. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your traditions.
In our family we have an all-year-round secret tradition we created when our children were very little. It’s a handshake that only we know. We’d told the kids that if we ever sent someone else to pick them up from school they’d have to ask the person to do the secret hand code, if the stranger knew the code then it was safe and well. Now it’s a tradition! so when everyone else does the ‘traditional high five’, we have our version. Now that they are teenagers, they still want to do to the secret code and have fun getting on to us when we forget. This is something that carries no monetary value at all, but it fills our hearts every time and we hope our children will do the same secret code with theirs.
Many of these traditions will live on, beyond our time. They are so much more precious than what’s under the Christmas tree. We have an important job to look after them while they are in our hands and do our bit to pass them on to the next generation.
2020 must be remembered for something positive. So let's do it Rebels. Be the change! Share your traditions and festive moments with us...
What will they say in 200 years?