Two little ducks

Mirror ImageThat’s how Bingo callers in the UK announce that number 22 has been chosen. The reason is that if you squint and look through your fingers the number 2 resembles a duck swimming in the water. I don’t see it, really: to me it looks more like a swan!

But tradition has it that they are two little ducks, to which seasoned Bingoists will reply, “Quack quack!” That tradition is unlikely to change just because I can’t see it.

Maybe I need to use a different font.

Traditions are very hard to change. Especially at Christmas. Do we do things the same way as we have always done them because we feel more nostalgic at Christmas? Do we do things the same way as we have always done them because so much else has changed throughout the year that it’s good to have a touchstone of tradition? Do we do things the same way as we have always done them because we liked it last year and don’t want to risk changing it and not liking it as much this year – you can’t risk spoiling Christmas?

But all traditions were once innovations. They were once new and exciting, and challenged previously dearly-loved traditions.

Even Christmas itself was somewhat revolutionary the first time it happened, wasn’t it!

Be blessed, be a blessing.

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