Knit Christmas Ornament Patterns
Traditions give meaning to holidays. When you think back to the holidays of your youth, the first things that come to mind are probably going to be the traditions you and your family celebrated.
Will and I have been married for five years, and Gracie and Annelie have been around for 4 and (almost) 3 of those years. I'd like to say my sweet little family has holiday traditions to look forward to every year... but that would be a big fat lie. Here's a sad truth about me... I haven't started any holiday traditions with my family. None. Nada. Not one little tradition. You'd expect that we'd have a holiday tradition or two after five years together, right?
Wrong. I'm a holiday tradition failure.
We are Christmas celebrators, so you might think getting a Christmas tree would be a tradition for us... but the tree we bought two days ago was our first tree in three years. And before that, we've only had one other tree. So. We've had a Christmas tree 2 out of 5 years. That's 40% of our married-with-kids, holiday-celebrating life. Tradition FAIL.
Snowflake Cookie Recipe by Natalie
Every year I have the best intentions of making scores of holiday cookies. Gingerbread men, spice balls, peppermint shortbread, those little mint meringue thingies with the chocolate chips in them... but I've only baked 2 out of 5 years. That's another 40%. That's another FAIL.
Every year, I think, Hey! How about a little holiday music to cheer us up! So I ran out and bought a holiday music CD the very first year Will and I were married, and we've listened to it... once. That's 1 out of 5 years. That's 20% - Tradition FAIL.
Cities all over the world have light displays to admire, spectacular tree lighting events, carolers and mulled apple cider for everyone to come out and enjoy. We've moved 7 times in 5 years, from town to town, and state to state... and have only made it to 2 city-wide holiday events. Again, a 40%. Again, a tradition FAIL.
Going to see Santa? Um. Twice. Tradition FAIL.
Sending out holiday cards? Once. Tradition FAIL.
Eating those tasty little chocolate filled advent calendars as we count down the days till Christmas? Um. Never (at least not since I was a kid). FAIL.
Whimsical Retro Christmas Cards
So. I'm thinking that I need a holiday tradition. A lasting tradition. A magical, mystical, tradition that we as a family can look back on when we are one hundred years old, and say, "Now THAT was a fantastic holiday tradition."
Do you have any ideas? Are there any traditions you have that I can adopt? Any magical, mystical, cherished and delightful traditions you'd love to share with a traditionless family in need?