Yesterday, I shopped on and off all day (in several hour chunks in combination with various children) with the hope of getting all our presents purchased and wrapped before I start my new job on Monday. I’m pretty close! Crazy day, but worth it. Now all I have left to do is the Christmas Coupons, and those I love to take time with.
Today we get the tree, a tradition that I look forward to all year. We go to the same Christmas Tree farm, have hot apple cider in the big red barn after cutting down our tree, pet the horses, stand by the big outdoor fire… it’s pretty postcard perfect. Then we come home, dial up Elvis’ Christmas album, string the lights on the tree, and start to decorate the house. Just delicious.
What is it about tradition? There is something warm and comforting about revisiting the “this is how we do it in our family”. It’s important. Especially in our crazy Working Mommy lives, when we don’t get as much delicious warm family time as we would like, these moments of tradition can be that much more valuable. Memories. Anticipation. The comfort of the familiar. The tingle of something special.
Don’t have any traditions yet? Make one! Make a bunch! Your kids will be so jazzed, I promise you. It’s okay to just create it out of whole cloth. Who do you want your family to be? What do you want them to think about when Christmas time rolls around each year when they are grown-up? The story telling by the Christmas tree? That you let them sleep downstairs on the sofa, falling asleep to the twinkling lights that first night it’s decorated? That you make hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks to sip while you decorate? That you go sledding Sunday after church and then come home and make hot cocoa with mounds of whipped cream? Whatever it is, make it special. Make it yours.
Monday is coming, Mamma. Love every minute of this delicious weekend.