Growing up we didn't have a lot of traditions. There were no stockings and the only Santa I remember is my dad waking up really early and ringing bells while exclaiming ho, ho, ho. Since we only visited him every other weekend, and Santa just happened to come on our weekend, we knew it wasn't real. In my younger days, I didn't think much of tradition or even care.
Today, I typically shy away from tradition on an everyday level. I don't always like to do the status quo. I tend to be quirky that way. However, there is something about a holiday family tradition that I yearn for. Perhaps it's the stability of it showing up every year or maybe it's as simple as wanting to make memories. Either way, I've come to realize there is value in tradition.
Since having my son, I've learned that making memories is really what living a rich, wild, and abundant life is all about. Traditions are living history. The stories we tell over and over that have both happy and sad connections for us. They are about relationships with others and with ourselves. In a way, they are gifts.
As my family grows, I wish to add more traditions and I'm curious about the traditions you and your family celebrate. I'm looking for new ideas and I am open to suggestions, so please leave me a comment below.
Here are a few things we do now throughout the Christmas season.
- make a delicious soup on Christmas Eve and attend a church service
- open one special gift on Christmas Eve
- make waffles on Christmas morning because they are my favorite breakfast food
- decorate Christmas cookies with friends
- have a bake day every year with my best friend, Becky. While we make a lot of goodies for friends, it's really about spending a lot of quality, fun time together.
- visit the Christmas tree farm and cut down a local tree
I am especially looking for special things to do with children.