As Jeff and I get ready for Christmas morning, we’ve begun to talk about what traditions we’ll each bring from our childhood as well as the possibility of other traditions.
Just as you are the ONLY YOU, each family is the ONLY FAMILY likes yours. It’s pretty cool. I realized that one thing that makes each family unique are the traditions they live out.
Pre-Christmas traditions in our house include a modification of my St. Nick’s celebration growing up. This year on December 6th, Michaela and Luca left their shoes outside their rooms. St. Nick brought them each a gingerbread cookie with a stamped message on it and a small gift. We also went to Jeff’s Granny’s house for her annual cookie baking (she’s baked the same cookies for over 50 years!). In this picture, you can see Michaela working on decorating a gingerbread house; a new tradition that we’ve been included on thanks to my Dad’s wife’s daughter.
We’ll still celebrate with both my parents on Dec. 24th and 25th the way we always have, but we’ll do our own celebration in the morning. We’re including Jeff’s tradition of being able to come down when bells are rung, mine of having a Christmas casserole. We’ll add a new breakfast dish to the mix; probably a scone since I love them!
Our traditions are not set in stone since Micha and Luca are little. Also because it’s a new experience for us. Jeff and I feel like this will be a “trial run”. We’ll see how it goes and tweak things next year it needed. The kids won’t remember this as their ‘first Christmas’.
We’re focused on being together instead of focusing on presents. With Jeff’s work schedule demanding a lot of travel and with us adjusting from Jeff’s dad living with us, we’re looking forward to a bit of quiet, family time. We realize that we have a lot of blessings and it’ll be nice to be surrounded by the people that Jeff and I created and adopted (our dog, Peepers).
I’m wishing you a week filled with lots of good family time and traditions. Remember, your traditions are what make you and your family so special.