|Our family tradition: an ornament representing the year. My son started trumpet, a new school, and earned his black belt in Taekwondo.|
Goodbye turning my kitchen into a candy-making factory preparing my husband's client gifts, our homemade toffee and some batches of the Best-Ever Caramel Corn for people we so appreciate.
Goodbye sticky kitchen floor collecting sugar dust and fallen sweetness.
Goodbye letting go of chores to instead share a breakfast with new friends.
Goodbye pop out of son's loose tooth while on a shopping trip to Target, right in the seasonal gift wrap aisle.
Hello life veering to the slow lane, at least for two whole glorious weeks.
Hello playtime all the time.
Hello soaking in every preciously made memory this holiday season and basking in all its goodness.
Hello finishing up the last of Christmas To-Do's.
Hello recognizing the blessings in our lives and thanking the right One for it all.
The lesson learned this week is the importance of family traditions, especially during the holiday season. It's where we find our comfort, it's what makes the holidays our own, it's the memories we pass along from generation to generation. You can almost hear Tevye bellowing the words of his famous song "Tradition" in his barn from Fiddler on the Roof. Yes, tradition defines our holidays and gives us our game plan. I wouldn't have it any other way (for the sake of tradition, of course).
What's your most favorite family, holiday tradition?