Christmas traditions have always been a big part of the holidays for my family. I have always felt that traditions bind us together; and my kids must have thought so, too, because they always protested if anything was changed.
My concern has always been to emphasize the real meaning of the Christmas season and not the commercial aspects. So, I chose two ways to do this.
First, on Christmas morning, before any gift can be unwrapped, my husband reads aloud the Christmas story, usually using Luke 2 out of the bible.
Then, after Christmas dinner, but before desserts, we have a birthday cake for Jesus (usually a Texas Sheet Cake). We write Happy Birthday on the cake and then put in one candle - after all, you can't put over 2,000 candles on top! - and then turn the lights off and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Usually all our girls blew the candle out together.
What sweet memories! I can see our middle daughter, Janae, in my mind's eye blowing out the candle. She always did that with great energy and pursed up "duck lips!"
As an empty-nester who is not yet a grandparent, Christmas traditions have become uncharted territory for me. I usually have at least two of my children who live close enough to come for Christmas dinner and to exchange gifts so some things can be continued. I am looking forward to adding new traditions to make Christmas even more special.
This year, I'm starting a tradition of buying the same ornament to give my mom, each of my three girls and myself. It will be just another little thing to share and tie us all together.
What is YOUR favorite Christmas tradition?
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 4.) A favorite holiday tradition. If you would like to link up, visit Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.