I love tradition. And I don't mean, singing "Blessed Assurance" every Sunday morning from the petrified pew.
My mom established some wonderful holiday traditions that I loved as a child, such as the advent calender, opening a Christmas ornament every Christmas Eve (the ornament usually had something to do with an event that past year), we had embroidered stockings that were the ONLY thing we could open before my parents awoke on Christmas morning (which was never early enough!). I love these traditions.
When we got married, I asked David what traditions he wanted to celebrate. He was mostly clueless, and couldn't really name any traditions he would like to keep. I was somewhat offended, as in, "WHAT! You don't have any traditions! You might as well not even celebrate any holidays then. GEEZ. Why did I even marry you." (Just kidding, of course!) We have been able to joke about it ever since.
Now that we have a child, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to instill traditions that he can enjoy during the holiday seasons and that will bring happiness to our family. I realize that if I don't start traditions, no one else will do it for me!
Here are a few traditions we have considered keeping as a family:
-New Pajamas on Christmas Eve
-Decorating the tree with popcorn and cranberries & drinking eggnog
-Cutting down a fresh Christmas tree each year (I would really like to get one we could replant)
-We have stockings with all of our names embroidered on them (even Anastasia's! & I got Dmitri's on sale back in February as soon as I found out he was a boy!)
-Making gingerbread houses
-The advent calender
-Making homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning
What traditions do you and your family have? What traditions would you like to start?