The traditions we hold near and dear to us during the holidays can mean as much to us as the holidays themselves. They provide a sense of comfort, and security, and we know they’ll remain the same regardless of life’s unpredictability.
Traditions can create such strong bonds and lasting memories that they’re often intuitively passed from generation to generation. I’m starting to see that my own adult children still crave our special holiday rituals and are carrying them on.
It’s easy to start traditions, and it’s never too late. As inspiration, here are a few of my own:
Every year I hide a couple dozen candy canes throughout the house, and then I make a series of clues which lead the kids from candy cane to candy cane. They collect them all, and then they hang them on the branches of the Christmas tree, but naturally, they get to eat one of them too!
There’s nothing quite like togetherness and food. Baking family favorite recipes together is a favorite annual event, and in my family, I would never hear the end of it if I didn’t bake certain kinds of cookies.
Every year after we attend Christmas Eve service, we make big mugs of hot cocoa and then drive around town looking at all the pretty holiday lights.
While waiting for the clock to strike midnight, my daughter and I pamper ourselves with foot bath massages, home facials, manicures, and pedicures. Holiday gifts await under the tree!
Traditions can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like to make them, and as long as you’re creating fun, happy memories, you’re doing it right.