It’s Mary’s first holiday season and it makes me sentimental. I think of all of the amazing family traditions we had growing up – and how I want Mary to remember our new family traditions that include her.
I think about baking goose grease, sugar and Belgian waffle cookies with my mom. Celebrating a visit by St. Nicholas on December 6 with oranges in our stockings. Going to church on Christmas Eve (and coming home to Santa’s presents because some people in my family didn’t want to wait). Our holiday meals were always eaten on the breakable plates with the true silverware – and always in our dining room versus the kitchen. And my grandma always found creative gifts for us at rummage sales.
And then I love hearing about my husband’s traditions – like Rudolph’s nose that the kids would spot in the backyard at Grandma’s house and the holiday plays that the family would put on for each other.
I realize these traditions are really all about memories. They are the memories that we create for our children. They represent families coming together – a bond that we’ll share forever.
Mary is too young to realize the traditions – but I want them to be established in our home so that she’ll know that these are our family traditions – that she is forever part of our family.
How do you celebrate the holidays? What are your family traditions? What memories do you hope your children remember years from now?