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Like all gifts, the gift of giving is as much for the giver as for the receiver. This paradox is especially true of homemade gifts. The modern tradition of purchasing pre-made gifts arises from our tendency to want to really give something to the receiver. Interacting through the medium of money, however, severs the giver, in a way, from the gift, and emphasizes the unidirectionality of flow, downplaying the interpersonal nature of giving. When you give something you’ve made, the act of giving retains a strong reciprocity. The receiver still “gets” something, but in that reception, “gives” something back as well.

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Menorahs!

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Despite what political correctness and commerce wants us to think, it’s not really a major festival. But this is New Old Traditions…does a festival need to me “major” in order to honor it? Hell, no! We like festivals of all kinds, and this Reveler has found some personal meaning in this one that might be worth sharing.

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Have you ever felt that holidays exist only to keep your family from falling apart? Have you ever had the feeling that there is something missing, be it life, from a plastic skeleton? Have you ever wondered if meaningful ritual only happens over there, in a place you’ve never been, during a time you’ll never travel to? For better or for worse there’s a good reason to feel that way, and unpacking those feelings in order to have the ability to (re)experience authentic of-the-environment spiritual catharsis is what’s needed to rectify the situation.

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Effort

From greater effort comes greater rewards.

Central to New Old Traditions is The Feast. We come together to sing, reflect, and celebrate while along the way we awaken our senses through the food we make for each other. Indeed, the eating of foods made by ourselves and shared with each other brings necessity, importance, and giving together in an instant. And so, ALL of our senses… those that we use to understand the world (taste, smell, touch, etc.) and those we use to place ourselves in it (connection, expressions, thanks) are nourished from the moment we arrive to the warm home, bearing our covered dishes, equally excited for the taste and smells of what others brought as we are to reveal our own contributions.

At New Old Halloween 2009, the meal came together as a well coursed production of warming fall dishes. Details, after the jump.

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Halloween signifies the inversion of social norms, and is a time to subvert all dead energy that pesters the living. Taboos, inhibitions, closeted skeletons are all given the opportunity to expose themselves if they so desire. To this end, Revelers in the New Old Tradition take on a-typical roles and flaunt their alter-egos in an effort to play coy with what ails ’em. Some, like those pictured above, choose a visually subtle approach. Others flirt with total abandonment, eschewing all links to their socially constructed identities. In either case, what matters most is making sure every last hint of cumbersome dead energy you’ve latched onto (habits, roles, perceived limitations) is kept safely at bay.

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