Christmas, for many, is about traditions. Traditions that are passed down from parent to child for generations. They can be activities that are ceremoniously carried out each year, or decorations that are strategically placed out of curious hands.
Here are a few of our family traditions…
My grandmother’s Creche, complete with wooden pieces. The lever you see is a music box and plays “Away in a Manger” as the angels turn. (I just realized that the manger scene is backward and baby Jesus should be under the angels. Oops. I blame my children.)
While Oma’s creche stays out of reach, this little creche set is all theirs. It was mine when I was their age.
Rodney Reindeer is incredibly special, as he belonged to my father. It was a special joke between he and I that it was mine and he stole it from me. When he died, I got it back. Rodney has a special place high atop the TV armoire, and my kids know he is special because he belonged to Grandpa.
My house isn’t very big, so we traditionally just have one big tree. I set it up the day after Thanksgiving and let the kids decorate it. I haven’t put the glass ornaments on in several years. I figure when they are old enough to leave the tree alone, we will add those and all decorate together. For now, they just love to put their ornaments on the tree, and if they can get six on one branch, they have succeeded!
I have many ornaments that are special, and the it is my tradition to add to the tree each year. These crocheted ice skates are one of them. My grandmother made them many, many years ago.
This year we have a new tradition ~ Meet Buddy the Elf! He isn’t quite as mischievous as some of the other elves I’ve seen, but he really likes to dangle from high places, like curtain rods and ceiling lights.
My favorite tradition of all is Christmas at Disneyland. The lights, the tree, the treats, the parade…everything just puts me in the holiday mood. And they have the best Santa, and we have pictures with the same one from the time Cooper was born.
What are some of your Christmas traditions?
I’m also guest posting over at Clean & Scentsible today for Jenn’s Trim the Tree series. Here’s a little hint of the handmade ornament I’m sharing: