Today is all about TRADITIONS.
Is anyone else currently singing: “Who day and night must scramble for a living, feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers? And, who has the right as master of the house, to have the final word at home?”
“THE PAPA….THE PAPA. TRADITION! THE PAPA… THE PAPA. TRADITION!”
(As an aside, I love Fiddler on the Roof. And, it may be because I played Golde as a junior in high school. I think I was a dang good Golde, as far as Goldes go. I may even have a video of it somewhere. But, unfortunately – you’ll probably never see it. Sorry.)
Back to why you are here.
Last year, I talked about our traditions for our first Christmas here. Most will be continued this year.
– Spend Christmas Eve at my grandpa’s home.
– Spend Christmas Day at Ryan’s parent’s home.
– Spend Christmas evening together (possibly seeing a movie again).
– Host the world-famous, 2nd Annual day-after Christmas breakfast at our home.
– Find an item/ornament during every trip we take to put on the Christmas tree. In 2009, we picked up ornaments in Arizona, Starved Rock State Park and Atlanta.
– Exchange special ornaments with Ryan for Christmas and date them.
– Send out Christmas cards to friends and family.
– Display all of our Christmas cards and choosing a favorite after the holidays- The Favorite Holiday Card Award.
– Take a post-Christmas getaway for our anniversary.
And, as a new tradition – I picked this up to document our holidays (because blogging it just isn’t document enough).
The Christmas Memories Book is from Potpourri Gifts. I’ve spotted the un-personalized version at a local gift store (and purchased it several years ago for a gift for Ryan’s brother and sister-in-law). I decided that we needed one of our own. It documents 20 years of Christmases. So, I went ahead and filled in last year (our first Christmas married). And, I’ll continue this tradition of writing it down. You know, for future generations. Because… they will care.
Inside, each year includes 5 simple pages – The following prompts with journaling space – “Holiday Visits and Visitors,” “Christmas Eve,” “Christmas Day,” “Christmas Dinner,” “Special Gifts,” “Things we want to remember.” Plus, space for a family photograph and a favorite Christmas card. Isn’t that fab? Just enough space to journal the overview and things you want to remember. Then, we’ll just store it with the holiday decorations for the next year. I’m pretty excited about this.
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me about your traditions.