During this time of year, we all give more thought to the traditions that are passed down to the next generations. My family is no different. Some of ours are simple and slightly odd (maybe) but they are fun:
Helping Grandma decorate her tree and making candy or cookies
Go look at Christmas lights
Buy an ornament for the youngest
Make a fun egg omelet for Christmas morning, and whomever gets the walnut is the first to open gifts
And some new ones:
Town Square lighting
Christmas at The Heights (our church has an amazingly fun and great celebration!)
But in all of that, the most important thing is this…
Quality time with those we love.
No matter what the traditions are, or where they take us, we spend time with family and loved ones. To me, that is the whole point of this season. The hospitality, the generosity, the warm and fuzzy feelings we all get. The memories are what I remember from growing up, not the gifts.
What are your family traditions? Have you started any new ones after getting married, and having children? Please share them, I might just incorporate them next year!
Although I’m sure you knew that, especially if you have children off to school! New school year rings in the hectic fun 1st semester.
For a few years now, I’ve been thinking and praying about my holidays. How I’ll celebrate them, what traditions I’ll pass down to my children. When I think back to my favorite times during the holidays, it’s not the gifts I received or gave that I remember. It’s the sounds, smells and family I was with that warms my heart. The traditions we shared, and the simple things that had meaning to our family. This is what I want to pass down. Not the consumerism, the hustle and drive to get THE toy of the season. That all passes away from our memories anyways, so why indulge it to begin with?
Then, when Michael passed, things changed. I gave more thought about how to spend his birthday. How to celebrate his short life. So many people don’t have as we have, in that I mean we’re blessed with family and friends who give of their hearts and abilities. I want to share that gift with someone, a child. I’m still praying about how it’ll come about. I’m sure it’ll take a few years to get it down, but I am happy to know that every year on Mickey’s birthday, someone will be blessed because of him.
My plan for this holiday season is simple.
To give more than I receive. To give more joy, more smiles, more love and understanding. To spend more time with those who are important in my life. To share the joy of the season, even in the midst of pain, as it’s the first without my Dad.
What are your plans for this season? What makes it special to you and your children?