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I’ve noticed quite a few posts on Symbol today as it is the photo prompt for the Daily Post.  I don’t usually do those prompts, and in fact, it has been some months since I even looked at their prompts but I was steered there by the posts today.  I especially enjoyed Robin’s post and Momma’s post.

There are several symbols that have meaning for me but for today, I am picking the cross, and by extension, the crucifix. I am not very religious.  I’m more spiritual than religious.  However, having been raised a Catholic for the fist 7 or 8 years of my life, the foundation years as I like to call them, the cross has a significance in my life.  It means family as everyone in my family, both on my mother’s side and on my father’s side, were/are Catholic, or at lest Christian.  It means tradition as a vast majority of Latinos are Catholic and the cross is a hugely important symbol in the Latino background and traditions, at least as far as I see it.  It means hope that some higher power is looking out for me.  It means faith in that higher power or in the universe and I think we all need something to hope for at some point in our lives.

Here are some crosses I keep near and dear to me:

Brightly painted cross, meant for children, I believe.

Brightly painted cross, meant for children, I believe.

St. Brigid's cross brought for me from Ireland by an old friend.

St. Brigid’s cross brought for me from Ireland by an old friend.

Crucifix I gifted my grandmother in 1990.  When she passed in 2008,  it became mine.

Crucifix I gifted my grandmother in 1990. When she passed in 2008, it became mine.

Another one of my grandmother's crucifixes that reside with me.

Another one of my grandmother’s crucifixes that reside with me.

This is one of four crosses that adorned my grandmother's casket.  And the little gold necklace cross was given to me by my mother as a Christmas gift about twenty years ago!

This is one of four crosses that adorned my grandmother’s casket. And the little gold necklace cross was given to me by my mother as a Christmas gift about twenty years ago!

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When my kids were little, we used to drive around looking at Christmas decorations. We lived in Glendale in southern California, near Pasadena. Before the kids were born, my husband and I would drive around looking at the decorations and taking his niece or other friends and relatives with us. Our regular route included the Balian mansion (the Balian family owns a creamery and a well known local brand of ice cream), Christmas Tree Lane, and points in between. We went every single year. When the kids were born, we continued the same route, not missing a year until we moved away four Christmases ago. (more…)

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