With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I started thinking about holiday traditions. What traditions do you and your family celebrate with? You may have one and don’t even realize it. If you don’t have a family tradition, it’s never too late to start one! The best way to have a pleasant and meaningful holiday is to create your own family traditions. The most important part of a holiday tradition is that everyone participates and enjoys themselves.
Decide what part of the holiday is most important to
your family. Is it religion, cooking a special dish that your family
has only once a year, baking cookies for gifts, going for a family walk
after your meals, ornament exchanges, playing board games?? There are
literally hundreds of ways to create a family tradition. For me, at
Christmas time I send each of my grandkids a snow globe. My family did
this when I was little and I wanted to pass this down to my grandkids.
I have some beautiful snow globes and fabulous memories of staring into
them and watching the glittery snow fall until every speck was settled.
My Thanksgiving traditions are mostly based around
cooking. I love to get up early, make stuffing and put the turkey in the
oven. While the bird is cooking it's church, football and more
cooking!! After our meal I go for a long walk in the park and think
about the color scheme and theme for Christmas decorations. Friday
after Thanksgiving I watch the Wizard of OZ in the evening with all the
Christmas tree lights on. I burn candles and cuddle up with hubby. These
are all yearly rituals that have been a part of me for years.
Most holiday traditions include food, whether it’s a
snack while decorating or baking cookies or decorating gingerbread
houses. Who doesn’t remember any special holiday meal traditions? A
couple of years ago my husband decided that we were not going to fuss
with cooking for just the two of us and that we were going to go out to
dinner instead. Well, that will never happen again! I missed the
leftovers and the cooking and even the cleaning up! Even though it’s a
lot of work, it is work I love!
My love for scrapbooking and documenting our family
traditions play a huge part in my holiday season. In the last few months
I decided that I was going to create my own cookbook of our favorite
meals. Most of the time, food is the focus of family gatherings and
traditions. It plays a very important part in everyday life…why not
document it and pass it on to your family. They will love it! As
you’re sitting down eating a meal that your grandmother cooked when you
were little…the memories will come flooding in! Traditions are a
reflection of your family’s beliefs and personality…..something that
should be treasured forever. What about the foods you celebrate with?
Are they traditional dishes? Have they been recipes that have been
handed down through the generations? It’s important to document these
family heirlooms! You could include a family recipe next to a picture
of the dish or someone preparing it. These recipes are an important
part of family history and traditions! Don’t forget to hand these
memories down as your legacy !