My two sons are growing and time is passing by fast, it makes me wonder, What will they remember most? I look back at my childhood and I don’t remember a whole lot. What I do remember most is all the happy times, and family traditions that we had. This year will be my youngest child’s first holidays and my oldest child’s second year. Its time to start the holiday family traditions.
What is a holiday family tradition? These are customs, beliefs and statements that will be handed down from generations. These are so important for me to show my boys, in hopes they will pass them along to their children one day. I want to carry a few traditions from my parents, and start a few of my own.
Starting off with the ones I’m passing down is holiday meals. On holidays, my mother would always cook a huge meal. Mostly on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. She would make enough food to feed a town, even if it was just the four of us. Even being grown adults we always looked forward to this tradition. Dinner would always bring the family together and this was her way of showing us.
Every holiday my mother and father would always buy us a card. Still to this day, we get a card for every birthday and holiday. My father has since passed away but my mother still carries on this tradition. I still look forward to her cards, they always say at the bottom, Love mom.
Now we moved across country and the family isn’t always together. Since then I started cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for my family. For our tradition I want our family to eat together and always say what they are thankful for. Its important that they know the true meaning of Thanksgiving and express their gratitude. Because boys will be boys we will also have the breaking of the turkey wishbone.
For our Christmas tradition I want to make cookies and build a gingerbread house, the days leading up until Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve we go to relatives and celebrate with the family. I hope our tradition will be, On Christmas Eve night, I want to watch Christmas movies and read books until bedtime. We will then put out Reindeer Food and milk and cookies for Santa. Christmas day I cant wait for my boys to wake up to their gifts from Santa and us. As tradition goes we stay in our pajamas all day long. We recognize the real meaning of Christmas and spend the day with family. I bake a ham and cook dinner.
Of coarse we have our traditions all year long such as Easter eggs and carving pumpkins. But my point is if you don’t have holiday family traditions, its never to late to start. Not only will they be passed to future generations but its memories with your children. Both you and your children will remember these forever. Your traditions may be small or you may only have one or two, but they’re yours to keep forever.
What are you family traditions? Where they passed down or did you start your own?