I love traditions. And in the craziness of schedules and the hustle and bustle I think it is more important than ever to make them. Having something wonderful to look back on as my three get older is so important to me. What are the little things? What are the things we did every year that will bring a smile to their faces when they are older? I think about these things and try to make sure there are moments they will hold on to. Happy ones! Not just the bad things. It’s so easy to remember and hold onto the bad stuff. But what about the good stuff.
When you are writing, I believe you have to be deliberate about the tone. You have to go back and by adding a few choice words (NICE ones, not naughty ones!!!! LOL) you can make sure that the writing is read in the tone you intended. You have to make sure you add the happy so the tone comes ringing through. It’s the same in life, I believe. And traditions are a way for me to push the positive tone forward and create the happy in their little worlds. I hope that’s how they will look back at it!
So, every Eve of Christmas Eve, we sleep under the Christmas tree! We bring all of our blankets and pillows and we have a camp out in front of our tree. We watch Christmas movies (This year we opted to watch old home movies of when they were little. It was so wonderful! Time truly does fly!!!!) And as we get all settled in, we go around the room and say what our favorite memory of the year was. We have been doing it every year since they were babies and it’s one of my favorite moments of the whole year. A moment to slow down and just reflect on all of the blessings we have. A time to be together and share each other’s company. And that’s not that easy as they become teenagers! But it was a special year. It wasn’t met with opposition in any way! We put on our festive pjs and had a wonderful night! I love all being together in one spot, snuggling up for the night!
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to all of our readers and your families. Do you have any traditions? And if you aren’t sleeping under your Christmas tree, I highly recommend it! Merry, Merry, Merry!