Most holidays have traditions, ones that are handed down by family and some that are in the generally accepted ones.
I think when we marry we attempt to meld our family traditions together into our new family. If you have children that brings even more to share.
Christmas is filled with these rituals and traditions, I’d like to share a few of ours………..and maybe you’ll share some with me.
We decorate the tree together, as a family………..don’t most people? My mom was a bit more regimented about her tree, so I don’t remember much input into how it looked growing up. I want my kids to help with each step so I really don’t do anything other than point out holes for more ornaments and oooh and ahhh over how Kevin has arranged the lights. We buy new ornaments each year too, we look like a Hallmark commercial taking them all out each year…LOL.
Pictures circa 2006
We drive around and look at outdoor displays……………..and wishing we had more storage space for more yard ornaments……..I love how some people go all out!
We light an advent wreath candle each week and say special prayers and discuss preparing for the birth of Jesus, and what it means to us.
Because our kids don’t have jobs and we don’t do allowance, each year we give them some $$ and they shop for each family member, and they love the surprises they can create each year with just a small gift, they love this, and so do I, I’m amazed at how they search for the right gift for each of us.
This year we started something new, we are counting down the 12 days of Christmas with a small gift each day for the kids, most of the stuff came from the dollar spot at Target, candy, puzzles, ornaments, socks, cups, tiny snow globes, but really fun…………and they’ve told me how much they love waking up and seeing what the “elves” have left….ha ha.
We also attend Mass on Christmas Eve, we began this when Kevin’ s mom was still with us and then we always went to her house for food and family gift exchange, most years with all 5 of his brothers and their families(ie crowded with people and love house). I miss that family time……….we no longer get together with his brothers, no one has picked up that tradition.
Please share with me what your family does, year in and year out………….