What are your Christmas traditions?
Traditions change over the years. I know that almost sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?
Growing up, you have the traditions of your parents. Then when you move out on your own, they change some. When I got married, they changed again, because my husband and I started our own traditions. Then when we had our daughter, they changed again. We all have our Christmas traditions…even if you always do something different every year. If there’s consistency in that, then well, I guess that’d be a tradition too.
We open gifts on Christmas morning. My daughter really loves tradition. And I mean really. So once when I suggested that we might open our gifts on Christmas Eve and just do stockings on Christmas morning, she looked at me like I’d lost my mind. My husband joined her. I was informed by both of them, “It’s tradition to open gifts on Christmas morning.” That was the end of it. I was outvoted 2 to 1. =)
We don’t do Santa, but we still stuff stockings and we have a lot of fun finding little things to tuck into them. I shared in an earlier post of how it’s tradition for my hubby and daughter to pick out a Hallmark ornament to give to me. That’s been a very sweet and precious tradition in our family. It always makes me feel special.
We have a lot of fun putting up the tree, driving around looking at Christmas lights, shopping for gifts, and stuffing stockings. But we never lose sight that Jesus is the reason for the season–the greatest gift and true celebration of Christmas.
I’ve tucked away three very special advent story books that we’ve used with our daughter over the years. I plan on giving them to her someday when she has a family. There are those special ornaments as well. There’s even one silken-haired angel that was passed down to me from my mom (there was enough for each of my siblings to have one). I remember looking at it with awe as we gently unpacked them to hang on our tree as I was growing up. Now I have one to hang on our tree. My daughter will get that ornament someday to hang on her own family tree.
Traditions. Precious and meaningful. They’re different for everyone, but I think the uniqueness and memories are what make them so special. So whatever your traditions are, may they bring you much joy this Christmas season. I’d love to hear what some of your Christmas traditions are.
I hope your Christmas was merry and bright! Best wishes for a prosperous and happy new year!