03 Dec The Value of Traditions by Deana Metzke
We were in the mall the other day, letting the kids do some trick-or-treating, when I said, “Oh, I should stop by Bath and Body Works and get my Twisted Peppermint candle!” My husband promptly rolled his eyes and said, “Really? Its not even Halloween yet and you already want to buy a Christmas candle?!” I won’t go into all the details of my subsequent speech, but it involved grand hand gestures and details about how I am trying to establish traditions in our household for the holidays.
When I was a child, my mother would bake tons of different cookies right before Christmas, my brother and I would help pack them into gift tins and boxes, and then as a family we would deliver them to extended family members that lived in town. Wonderful tradition, but for a variety of reasons, one that I cannot see myself continuing.
Before I would go to bed on Christmas Eve, my dad would tell me that Santa Claus would throw pepper on my eyes if I tried to peek and catch Santa dropping off presents. Not so wonderful tradition, but one I still remember, can laugh about now, and for obvious reasons, won’t be continuing.
More recently, every year for a while I looked for, could not find, and then told my parents and brother through text that I could not find, my Temptations Christmas CD, so each time I either bought another one or more recently, I finally broke down and bought the digital version. So that tradition is over now too.
For my own children, because I am always #RaisingReaders, I want some of our traditions to be around books. That is why, when we unpack our Christmas decorations, there’s also a stack of Holiday picture books that come out as well. And as silly or OCD as it sounds that I put books away every year, its like getting brand new books every time I bring them out. They had forgotten all about Llama Llama and his holiday drama or the collection of Disney Holiday stories that we read every year, so its worth packing them away when we take down the tree. #RaisingReaders is also why they always get at least one book for Christmas–reading is definitely a gift, and one that my children already do appreciate.
My point is, that traditions, whether they are large or small, touching or silly, make the holiday season what it is. There may be things that you just always do that you don’t even realize have become family traditions. Not only do I want my kids to remember the family gathering and the Temptations singing, but 30 years from now, when they walk into a room where a Twisted Peppermint candle has been lit, I want them to sniff and say, “This takes me back to Christmas when I was a kid!”
What traditions do you have in your home for the Holidays?