Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Traditions: Why They're Important to Me

Traditions. A term used often as we settle into the Fall months and embark upon the most wonderful time of the year. They're so important to me. I thought this year it would be fun to share some traditions that we have, some that we are starting and some that we hope to do, maybe when Wren is a little older and we (hopefully) add more kidlets to the mix.

So this is the first, sort of introductory, post about traditions and over the course of the coming months, I'll share some of our family traditions starting with Halloween, then as it pertains to Wren's birthday and finally Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I'd love to hear yours! I'm such a sucker for all things sentimental, so I'll look forward to getting some new ideas.

Traditions are super important to me. Especially now that I have my own little family to build them with.

As I've mentioned in past blogs, I didn't have a very stable childhood. Things were always rocky, going from one parent's house to another, family feuds, no money, no real joy. Don't get me wrong in that last part.
I think money has VERY little to do with a happy and festive holiday season.
There are plenty of very poor people who have amazing solid family foundations, who have the most meaningful holiday traditions and who share wonderful, beautiful memories together. I think that's where I felt a real disconnect. My family didn't cherish holidays. They didn't think of time together as a time for gathering and spreading cheer. As cheesy as it sounds, that is my goal with Wren. I want to be that family who looks forward to holidays. I want my children to grow up and not be able to wait until the holidays to see their families all together. I want to, 10, 20, 30 years from now, have my children, their children, my nephews and great nieces and nephews, my in-laws...everyone together. I want us all to build those family foundations together. From the start, starting with us.

Is that a little bit optimistic? Sure. Is it a little unrealistic? Perhaps. But I'm going to give it my all. It's the least I can do for my perfect little bird and my future kids, as well as my nephews.

So we'll kick it off later this week with Halloween. In the meantime, please feel free to share some of your own favorite traditions! I get goosebumps thinking about the upcoming months!

3 comments:

  1. I like this post idea. My first thought was that we don't really have traditions but I guess we have a few. I need to sit down and think about it though. I don't really have any for Halloween. I think this would be a fun topic for a blog post in the coming months. I might have to write a post or two on it.

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  2. Hi, Christina! I'm here from DailyBuzz Moms; looks like we both got featured today. :) Good morning!

    One of my favorite traditions is the Christmas brunch-over-gift-opening. We've been doing it since we were kids, and it's always something I look forward too, even to this day! Since we live near my parents (and my siblings and I have kids of our own), we've carried on the brunch tradition, but with the grandkids, too! My parents are so happy.

    Hope you'll check out my blog and read more about our family traditions there. Happy holidays!

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  3. This is exactly what I want for our family. Fortunitly I grew up with lots of traditions, many that we still celebrate with my family. But I want even more for my children. Its definitely possible for the future. I still get together on Christmas Eve and on the weekend around every major holiday with my Mom, Her 6 brothers/sister & their spouses, My 17 cousins and our/their 22 children. Its an amazing tradition that my grandparents started almost 70 years ago :) So hope & pray for that in the future and I think you will have it for your family as well

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