Monday, December 5, 2011

Family Traditions...what are yours?

As we are putting up our festive Fall decorations, and trying to figure out how we can find the energy to drag out the Christmas ornaments and test those never-ending strands of lights, we are quickly reminded that the spirit of Christmas is not just to check off some to-do list or go through the motions of the holiday festivities, but what it is really about, is slowing down and trying to create memories in your home that you and your children can cherish for many years to come. Everyone’s traditions and memories are different and that is what makes them so special.
When I think of my childhood Christmas memories, I immediately think of my Grandparents and how they made this special holiday so memorable. I remember baking and decorating cookies with my Aunt and cousins at my Grandma’s house. Then, I used to always look forward to riding around with my mom and dad, looking at our town’s gorgeous Christmas lights and decorations, while listening to fun holiday tunes.  I also remember the cozy feeling of getting into my holiday pjs after a warm bath and curling up on the couch with hot cocoa, to watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Then, as I got older, I looked forward to the traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service at my church, and then having a yummy meal afterwards, with my whole family.

It is really the simple things that we remember and cherish, even as adults. So when you are thinking about creating family traditions in your home this holiday season, remember it doesn’t have to be elaborate. You don’t have to go, go, go all the time to entertain your child. It is your time and what you believe is special.
We would love to hear what your favorite childhood memories are or what kind of family traditions you have created with your family? I know for me, I have carried the tradition of baking with my girls every week, and then just snuggling up with them each night to read them a Christmas book or watch their favorite holiday show, like Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph.

There are other ways to create family traditions like doing holiday crafts together, like Christmas cards or ornaments, setting a certain date and time to decorate the tree, or maybe even volunteering somewhere to really encourage your child and teach them about giving and not just receiving.

We look forward to hearing about your traditions and how they are special to you.

1 comment:

  1. We have an advent calendar, but since my boys arent big on candy I hide holiday books and movies each day (and the occasional holiday craft kit) and they pull out a clue from the calendar each day to find it. By the time Christmas rolls around we've read all the books and watched all the movies and completed several projects.

    I also make a Christmas morning monkey bread that takes about 5 minutes to assemble and sits on the counter over night to rise. I throw it in the oven before we open gifts and 30 minutes later breakfast is ready!


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