I know I’ve done this before, but I love hearing everyone’s traditions for Christmas. I’ll be sharing some of ours in the next few days, and I want to hear yours.
What traditions does your family have during the holidays?
This evening, we celebrated one of our family traditions. We gave each child a new ornament for the tree. Every year we give each child an ornament. When they grow up and have their own homes, they should have quite a collection of ornaments to put on their first Christmas tree.
Some years the ornaments represent something our family has done together — like the shells we got on the beach in Assateague Island and drilled tiny holes into and strung beautiful ribbon through to make ornaments for everyone in 2006. Some years the ornaments represent something significant that has happened in a child’s life — like the cross ornaments we’ve given our older three children the year each of them asked Jesus to be their Savior. Some years the ornaments are all the same — like the wooden mitten ornaments in red and blue from 2003 or the simple (and inexpensive) candy canes everyone got last year. Some years the ornaments represent some aspect of a child’s personality or some interest that child has — like the American Girl ornaments the girls got one year or the Star Wars and Batman ornaments two of the boys have or the Cookie Monster ornament Jackson received the year he learned to talk and his favorite word was “cookie.”
This year, each child got a beach-themed ornament, all sandy-colored, some glittery. Starfish with tiny shells fastened in the middle. A sandy snowflake with shells glued to it. A snowman sledding on a seashell. In future Christmases, they can look at these ornaments and remember our first beach retreat with the New Tribes families and the fun we had building a sand castle and splashing in the surf.
That’s one of our traditions. What are yours?