I am a HUGE lover of Christmas. It’s one of my favorite holidays, probably because of all the fun traditions (and baked goods ;). If you know me at all you will know I am also HUGE on traditions. I once heard there are four things that give a child a sense of belonging and security growing up. One of those things is traditions. It’s something they can always count on, no matter what else is happening in their life. No wonder us mothers put so much work into making family memories with our traditions, right? We are instilling a sense of security in our children which ultimately gives them confidence to go out into the world knowing they belong somewhere.
Growing up I always had a fresh-cut tree and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without one. I know it’s more expensive, more work, and gets pretty messy as the needles start to get crunchy but I don’t care. The tradition of a fresh tree was something I could always count on no matter what was happening in my family. Through every trial our family faced there was still a fresh tree every year. And when my parents divorced it became a tradition I clung to when nothing else stayed the same.
Now I know there are a lot of fake tree believers out there, both my mom and dad now even own them! But I want to be faithful in this tradition with my children. So this year we decided Little Man was finally old enough to bring with us to pick out the family tree. I prepared him during the day explaining what we were going to do that night and he couldn’t have been more excited. He went to sleep talking about the tree and asking when we could decorate it and woke up racing into the living room to see “his big tree.” The sparkle in his eyes and exuberance in his voice made the entire effort worth it.
What traditions did you grow up with that you just can’t part with?