I come from a small family. We didn’t have many family traditions growing up – especially around the holidays. Well, that’s not entirely true. We had two traditions.
The first tradition, was on Christmas Eve my brother and I would lie in our room and basically tell each other what we were getting for Christmas. “I know what you’re getting” I’d whisper in the dark. “I know what you’re getting” he’d whisper back. “I’ll tell you one thing, if you tell me one thing” I’d say. And on it would go.
The second tradition was we were not allowed to leave our room on Christmas Day until there was daylight coming into the window and my mother had her first cup of coffee.
That’s about it. We were not a tradition laden family. Not to say we were not close. We were a close family growing up and my relationship with my brother was as close as one could be considering he was five years younger than myself.
But now I have a family of my own and Andrea and I are trying to decide what traditions we would like to implement into our own household. Here’s what we have come up with so far…
1) Christmas Ornaments. Since we’ve been together, Andrea and I have given each other a special Christmas ornament that represents the previous year. In 2000, we gave each other ornaments that commemorated our wedding. In 2004 we gave each other ornaments that represented our moving into our new home. This year, no doubt, we’ll find ornaments that somehow represent the birth of TheMonk and Swee’Pea. Our goal is that someday, every ornament on the tree will be filled with memories that we gave to each other. This year we will start by giving TheMonk and Swee’Pea an ornament. I’ll choose TheMonk’s this year and Andrea will choose Bri’s. Next year, we’ll switch. When they are adults, they’ll have 18+ years of special ornaments to take with them to their new families.
2) Family Night. As the babies grow up and we start to have sports practices, scout meetings, and other busy lives, we want to have one night a week where it’s about our family. I envision playing board games, baking cookies, going to a sporting event – anything that involves our family as a unit. I think it’s important for us to be together as a family.
I’m sure more will evolve through time and will become part of our family history. Hopefully we can choose traditions that can be passed along to our own children.
But one thing I’ve started to notice while reading many of the family blogs out there, is that so many others are doing wonderful things with their own families. So I began to wonder. What if I asked others out there to share their own family traditions? Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn about how families of different faiths and backgrounds have incorporated family traditions into their daily lives? So, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to share with me their traditions that they embrace with their own families. These traditions don’t necessarily have to be about the holidays but I thought this would be a good time as we approach the holidays to learn what others are doing.
Now, in the coming weeks we’ll hear from people like Not-for-profit-dad, MetroDad, BIYF, Rude Cactus, Busy Mom, Morphing Into Mama, Mary P. and Baby Lauren’s Mom to name a few. I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I do. As you read them, please use the comment section to chime in on your own traditions as well.
Happy Holiday season!
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