Give Peace a Chance…

Dear Reader:

My “Pray for Ukraine” flag is a little more battered than when I first put it out but it is still standing proudly in front of the pear tree by the street.

This Christmas,for many Ukrainians, will be spent in the darkness and cold since electricity is a luxury not experienced by many in a long time.

I have been praying for at least a temporary Christmas truce but praying even harder for a permanent one. I imagine peace is the number one Christmas wish by Ukrainians this year.

I was interested in also finding out more about the normal Christmas traditions Ukrainians have usually entertained and they were fascinating… since most natives are Ukrainian Orthodox or Eastern Orthodox … they use the Julian calendar when Christmas Eve celebrations begin with the first visible star in the sky on January 6.

Floors are covered with straw and hay to celebrate the Christ Child in the stable. The Holy Supper commences with the sighting of the first star. There are twelve different dishes prepared symbolizing the Twelve Apostles. An extra place is set at the table inviting the souls of loved ones who have passed to join them. Any stranger is also invited to break bread with the family since they might be a beloved family soul returning.

After supper carolers arrive to sing songs and lead the families to Midnight Mass.

This year… will no doubt be different …but there is also no doubt that voices will rise up to sing traditional Christmas carols. Let us all remember the brave Ukrainians fighting for democracy for all of us wherever tyranny raises its ugly head.

So until tomorrow… ” For somehow, not only for Christmas, but all the long year through. The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.” ( Margaret Sangster)

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Give Peace a Chance…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Prayers for the Ukrainians …and others who live in similar situations. When I read my news app each day it saddens me with all the unrest and conflicts worldwide…prayers for peace for all….”let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me”🙏🙏🙏

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Peace does start with us… fighting greed over the welfare of humanity is the first step…💗😘👍

      Sent from my iPhone

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