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Can you believe it’s already December? Funny how this time of the year makes the days and weeks fly by. So much to do and never enough hours. Since we are now into chilly December, my posts this month are going to reflect the holiday season. 🙂
With Thanksgiving behind us, we started getting out the Christmas holiday decorations. The tree is up and decorated, the wreath is hung on the front porch. Lights are glowing in the windows and I even have my plastic Santa face from when I was a kid hanging up. It’s a little worse for wear, but to me it wouldn’t be Christmas without it. My husband was even so kind as to buy a more up to date version for me a few years back…and it lights up! They remind me of my childhood, when this time of year was extra magical 🙂
Even as an adult, this is always a fun time of year. I love unpacking and sorting through Christmas ornaments. I admit I have a small—well, okay LARGE—problem with ornaments. I always manage to find several each year that I love and HAVE to buy. I can tell you in all honesty that I would have no trouble decorating 3 or 4 full grown trees—maybe even the one at Rockefeller Center…lol—and I’m sure there’d still be some leftover.
As I sorted through the storage bins containing all the boxes of ornaments, deciding which ones to display this year with the new ones I bought (shhh..don’t tell my husband, he thinks I should stop buying them…hehehehe), I couldn’t help but reminisce. Pulling out the ornaments that my kids made in grade school…the one made of puzzle pieces spray painted green with their picture in the center, the popsicle frame with their picture in the center, a cardboard circle colored with crayon and a picture in the center. Are you noticing a theme here? Lol
At the bottom of one certain bin I came across a cookie plate with each of my children’s names printed on it. It was the plate that they would put cookies on, along with a glass of milk, and leave out for Santa before they went to bed. A tradition from my own childhood that I passed along to them, and one I hope that they’ll pass along to their own children if they take that route.
There are so many other traditions. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that tradition is more than security, familiarity and a comfort. It’s family! It’s a beautiful thing to look back on. No wonder this time of year is always reflective and peaceful.
We have more traditions than just the cookie plate. As I’m sure a lot of you do too. Baking and decorating Christmas cookies, reading a special book on Christmas Eve, a special ornament hung in the tree (more like hidden) with a special bonus gift for the person that finds it. Oh, too many!
From the time the kids were born until they reached their late teens, I would buy them a Christmas ornament with some personal meaning or accomplishment for that year. I’d have their name and the year engraved into it…a keepsake for each of them later. Or when we’d get together with parents and siblings, nieces and nephews, we’d do an ornament exchange. In order to get your ornament you’d have to sing a Christmas song (with microphone…we didn’t play around people…lol), or someone would read a Christmas story and we’d pass the ornaments around in a circle until they stopped reading…the one you held was the one you kept…stuff like that. Fun and memorable traditions.
Some traditions are temporary and some span generations and are passed down from family to family. There are families that will start their traditions for the first time this year, there are traditions that have been forgotten but will be restarted. Even more that will be revamped and tweaked to fit our ever changing lifestyles.
Which brings me to…Drum roll please! Today’s Friday Fun Facts question…
There are so many ways to celebrate and have fun and be together. What is your favorite tradition during the holiday season and is it one you carried on from your childhood, or something you started when you had your own family?
Can’t wait to hear your comments!