Well, we sent off a care package for our little guy; it included a stuffed lion and a stuffed frog and several clothing items. As usual, it was a bittersweet moment, trying to be included in his life right now, with the understanding that we really aren’t. He is simply too young to understand the process and planning swirling around him.The conversations of late has been what family traditions to pass along…which traditions from each of our families should we keep and which should we let go by the wayside and what new ones should we create?
So far, the only one we have figured out was probably accidental. We have traditionally put up our Christmas tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving, (except for our first Christmas, when we were in the middle of a move to our current location). While my husband and I have exchanged a few gifts each Christmas, we prefer to spend a majority of our resources on adventures…from hiking, to snow shoeing, to sea kayaking, etc. We want to create memories and experiences with each other and want to pass that concept along to our little guy. Last weekend, we even went shopping for a kid carrier/backpack so that he could go with us. Certainly, we are looking forward to giving him gifts and enjoying Christmas through his eyes, but we are really looking forward to the traditions of family adventures. We are also hoping that we never achieve the National Lampoon’s family vacation status.
I’m curious, how have you combined family traditions and/or made new ones? What kinds of traditions were important for you to pass along, which ones weren’t?