We are knee deep in all the Christmas goodness at the moment. Christmas music blaring both inside and out in the car, Christmas movies going when its not and the baking, lots of baking. It’s so warm and cozy in the house so baking is just too good to pass up am I right?? Although I am not too sure of my pants would agree. But looking around here it gets me to thinking. What is this all for? Why am I such a Christmas FANATIC?? I think when it comes right down to it, it’s the creation of something I longed for as a kid. In the craziest of ways I get to experience childhood through the eyes of my own child. And what a remarkable bit of self therapy this has created for me in my life.
I grew up in a chaotic home and we didnt have alot of family traditions to speak of. The only traditional thing we did was get a tree that my mom would decorate, which we weren’t allowed to touch. I mean that literally, DON’T touch the tree or else!
She wasn’t the warmest of moms let’s just say and for that, I find myself being the polar opposite in my mothering style. I work hard to create a home that feels loving and a place that my daughter will forever feel connected to. I want her to KNOW our traditions. Like the must do’s of the year and have those can’t do without them sort of traditions. The ones that she will do for, God willing, her kids one day.
Some that have topped the list are hot cocoa in the car looking at Christmas lights, and breakfast out, then heading to the movie theatre on Christmas day. But then there’s the fun little ones that are year round and seem to make life a little sweeter. The ones you wouldn’t necessarily call “traditions” like our weekly trip to In and Out on Fridays where we eat in the car while we watch our favorite show. (Which is probably the real reason my pants are tight~sigh) Or the many “movie” nights we have at our home.
I LOVE to make her birthday cake myself. It feels old fashioned and sweet. Her excitement is so much better than when she was smaller and I would bring home a store bought cake. I am glad this one got switched up, I had it all wrong with those assembly line birthday cakes. She makes her flavor request and to work I go on her homemade cake. Turns out you can make almost any flavor of cake with extracts. Who knew.
The most awesome thing about traditions of any kind is that they don’t have to cost money or be some elaborate thing your forced to do each year. They are in the small effortless things that bring you so much joy that you feel yourself like a child again. Only this time,you get to experience them with YOUR own or maybe your like me,you find yourself the creator of new ones.
Whichever the case may be for you, I hope you keep them going whether they are new or old. That you find absolute joy in them.
Which also brings me to ask, what traditions (new or old) are you most fond of?