Traditions solidify the family bonds and create life-long memories and something to look forward to each year.
I never planned to have specific holiday traditions, really didn't give it a lot of thought. But luckily for me, they happened anyway.
I'd like to share two of our Christmas traditions. The first happened by accident, but I'd like to suggest it to anyone with a small child because it is an absolutely blast.
Each year around Christmas, I take a picture of Brady with a little chair he got when he was born. It happened by accident the first two years and when I realized what I had done, I kept it up. Now he has a blast showing how big and strong he is, flinging that chair around.
I present The Nine Christmases of Brady:
The second tradition came purely from Brady's imagination and "why not" attitude toward life. It is this attitude that led to the stick house we built and The Invention Party. Nothing gives me greater joy than when Brady has one of his big ideas I can say "yes" to.
Awhile back after reading a book that involved Christmas, he said, "I want to celebrate the day before the day before Christmas and I want to call it The Rise of Christmas." Now, when he said "Rise of Christmas" his voice changed and had a sort of grandiose hum to it.
"Okay," I said. "Why not."
So we sat down one night and wrote a list of what things we should do on The Rise of Christmas. Here they are:
|We had all of these guys going at once!|
- We decided Elvis (aka my husband in his Elvis mask) should make an appearance. And oh boy, he did. He wore a long leather trench coat and had us in stitches before he "left the building."
- We turned on every Christmas decoration we had to lots of lights and music.
- We drank hot cocoa.
- We watched The Grinch and Rudolph.
- We opened 1 present.
- We read about the birth of Jesus from the Bible.
- We drew a picture in Brady's memory book that he made.
- And an impromptu part of the night was a little "show" Brady put on for me with a couple of pillows.
|Yum, I liked this part of The Rise of Christmas a lot!|
I hope your holiday was joyous and I wish you all the best in the New Year!