Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about traditions, specifically those related to Christmas. Some families have a lot of holiday traditions, some, not so much. When I think back to my own childhood, I remember very few traditions. My family split when I was seven, and my traditions bounce between the two families that grew from that split, With my Dad's side, there was the trip to get a real tree each year and the ornaments we would hang, with my Mum's the tiny bubble lights I loved to watch wake up and start bubbling. There were visits to my Aunt & Uncle's house, and to two groups of Grandparents as well, and small moments of tradition caught up in all of them.
These traditions we create and are part of are so important. They connect the events of the holidays, and make it stand out against the routine of day to day life. They set this time apart as special, and help anchor the memories we create during this time, to our consciousness, helping them stay in our awareness. And if that isn't enough, they serve to help slow us down. It's hard to immerse yourself in a tradition if you're racing full on through the time.
All of this has me looking at what I can do in my own family to create yearly traditions , as well as special events, that my daughter will remember when she is grown. We set up the same tree every year, with the same ornaments that come from my husband's and my childhood, as well as those we have collected over the years of our marriage, and too, my daughter has her ornament collection that goes on the tree. This year, we visited Kitras Glass in Fergus as a family, and made our own glass ornaments that now hang on the tree. It was a wonderful experience, that we may even do again in the future. This year, while we were setting up the tree, I brought out some new mugs, and filled my wine carafe with warm apple cider. My daughter chose hot cocoa instead of cider for her warm drink, but we all sat together with our drinks and some treats to just chat for a while. When Winter is over, I'll tuck those mugs away until next year, to bring out the day the tree goes up for 2019. My daughter has her Advent calendar too, the same one we've been filling for her since she was old enough to understand what it is about.
We have other traditions too, but I'd love to hear about yours. Do you have some traditions you love, that you'd like to share? They might be just what I'm looking for to add to the joy of our holidays.
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My name is Kayleigh Radatus, and I'm the creator of This Groovy Life. As far as I'm concerned, we're here to really live and love This Groovy Life, and it's my purpose to help you do exactly that! I hope this blog is helpful. If there are any Personal Empowerment or Metaphysical topics you'd like me to cover, send me a message!