Everybody has some kind of holiday tradition, right? Maybe your tradition is gathering at another family member’s home to celebrate the joy of Christmas, or perhaps you have a certain meal you prepare at your home for other members to enjoy after opening presents. Whatever the holiday tradition may be, you enjoy it year after year. What if you don’t have any holiday traditions? Well, these will certainly help get you started this year.
Putting up the tree – My children and I always put up our Christmas tree either the Friday after Thanksgiving or the first weekend in December. Of course, this hinges upon when my children are with me since their dad and I are divorced. The ceremonious tree assembly and decorating of the house is a family affair. We all have our favorite ornaments to hang from the tree, and when the children were younger, they took turns each year putting the angel on top of the tree. What a great way to spend some family time together!
Salvation Army – You hear the ringing bell and see the red metal bucket with a person dressed in the warmest clothes he could find standing outside your local store. Yes, just another person asking for donations, as if you haven’t been asked enough during this down time in our economy. However, remember other people are suffering even more than you. Even if I don’t have much money, I always try to donate a few dollars and even better I donate when my children are with me. Nothing like teaching your children from the time they are young how to give during the holiday season.
The meaning of Christmas – Tired of fighting the crowds at the mall or stressing over the money to buy the gifts for your family members? You know you have lost the meaning of Christmas when you are more concerned about the perfect gift for each family member than you are celebrating why Christmas exists in the first place. Every year my children and I have the discussion of what Christmas truly means, and, as they have gotten older, we watch movies or TV shows reflecting those thoughts, movies such as The Nativity and The Polar Express.
Cinnamon rolls – As with the Christmas tree assembly, when I have the children for my family’s celebration of Christmas depends upon the year. We awake either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day morning and have our annual cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Of course, the presents usually come first because my son insists upon opening his presents, and I can’t resist telling him no since I love Christmas as much as he does. Anyway, the cinnamon rolls are not usually homemade, but rather the wonderful ones from the can, as I like to make things as easy as possible.
Going to family – My children and I finish our holiday traditions by trekking to my parents’ home for Christmas dinner, presents and family. While our family is rather small, we sure make some good memories like taking pictures of my children, my nephew and two nieces in front of my parents’ tree. Spending time with family is the most important thing to me during this holiday season, and, even if the rest of our holiday traditions fizzle out at some point in the future, this holiday tradition will never go away, not if I can help it.