When I think of family traditions the holidays are what came to my mind first. I wanted to know what traditions different families had, so I spoke to people at the church I was attending at the time. It also got me thinking about traditions my family had when I was young.
One of the best traditions is when we all gathered at my parent’s house to open gifts at noon on Christmas. Since my parents had twelve children, their spouses and all their grandchildren made the experience a very cozy Christmas. You never realize what you have until you don’t have it anymore. My Dad had his own tradition that he did for everyone for as long as I can remember. He combined unshelled peanuts, candy, apples and oranges in lunch paper bags and handed them to everyone that came to his door on Christmas Day. Everyone was excited to get their bag on Christmas. Something so simple brought so much joy to so many.
One of my friends from church told me one of her family traditions was to have an all girl tea party, she called it “Angel’s Tea Party.” Her daughters and granddaughters and other mother and daughters from church would attend. Everyone would be treated special for a day. Another family tradition they had was on Christmas Eve, her grandchildren would dress up as a living nativity as her husband would read Luke 2 out of the Bible to their family.
Other people had family traditions like driving around Christmas Eve to look at lights or attending Christmas Eve service with the whole family. All are awesome traditions, so I set out to craft traditions for my family. We make luminarias on Christmas Eve to invite the baby Jesus into our home. On Christmas Day we would have birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Those are our Christmas traditions. Nothing warms your heart better than when your child tells everyone we celebrate Christmas, Easter and other holidays for and with Jesus.