Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?
Are they things you fondly remember doing as a child?
Or did they “accidentally” become traditions because they were activities you enjoyed doing and decided to do them again…….and again?
That is what happened to my family when one year we decided to make polymer clay ornaments.
Our son, Parker, was 7 years old and made a snowman that still brings us smiles every year when we carefully unwrap it.
His snowman is on a sled with action packed snowballs flying behind it suspended on wires.
The head fell off a few years ago, which somehow makes us laugh and makes it all the more endearing as we carefully unpack it each year and gingerly replace it’s teetering head.
A few years went by after that first time and we decided we should try making ornaments again.
After that, it became an official holiday tradition that we look forward to every year.
One of our favorite parts of decorating for Christmas is pulling out these ornaments and enjoying the memories.
Our son is grown and has a home of his own now but I’m so glad we are looking forward to continue our tradition again this year.
What are some of the traits that make an meaningful holiday tradition?
- It is a time for you to be together as a family, doing an activity you enjoy.
- It can help bring you memories of past holidays that are fun to recall.
- You can enjoy new experiences each year, that get added as valuable deposits in your memory bank.
- It doesn’t have to be big or extravagant. It can be simple like making a favorite family recipe or singing holiday songs.
- It makes you smile or laugh and makes you feel closer to your loved ones.
- It has meaning for you and your family.
- You look forward to doing it again the next year.
Do you want to create some holiday traditions of your own?
What are some of your fond childhood holiday memories?
What are some of the activities you’ve enjoyed in the past that you can do again?
Are there things you have done that check off some of the traits above that you can add a holiday spin to them?
Ask your friends and family about their favorite traditions
Remember, it doesn’t always look like a tradition to begin with – it is simply something you enjoy.
It doesn’t have to be “big”. It can be something simple.
I’d love to hear some of your favorite holiday traditions! Click here to comment.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
May your holidays be filled with love and peace.