Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Creating Holiday Traditions

Christmas time has always been one of my favorite times of the year.  This love of the holidays goes back to when I was a child and experienced Santa and all the magic that was involved in the giving and receiving of gifts.  It was also a special time when your parents didn't work, you hung out with family, and everyone was just in a much better mood than usual.  Plus, the no school thing was nice as well.  While I may have grown out of Santa and working a few days before Christmas tends to take the wind out of any holiday cheer, I intend to make sure my son grows up with the same love of Christmas that I had as a child.

Jack helping with the decorations
Some of my fondest memories of Christmas are from the night before the big day.  There is a magic in the air on Christmas Eve, an anticipation of what's to come but also a fondness for the company you're keeping.  When I was a child, we would visit my grandmother's house and have dinner and watch the news for Santa sightings over Europe which meant that he would be hitting the East Coast of the US soon.  My son is still too young to experience the anticipation of Santa, but when he's old enough we intend to keep the tradition alive.  I know a lot of parents are choosing to not introduce Santa to their children, but we are.  I can't imagine a childhood without those memories and I wasn't traumatized by the realization that it wasn't true.  Instead, I was told that Santa is in all of us in December and he is the joy and the magic that I have been talking about.  That was a good enough reason for me, so in some ways, I never truly stopped believing.

"What is this thing?"
On Christmas Eve this year, we intend to continue our young family tradition of getting hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts and driving around the neighborhood while looking at lights and listening to Christmas music.  Last year, Jack was a little less than 2 mos. old so he didn't care for it much, but I think he'll enjoy it much more this year.  When we get back from the little trip, we'll all open one gift each which will just so happen to be a new set of pajamas for everyone (we have to look dapper for
Christmas pictures, you know.)  When Jack is old enough, we'll watch NORAD and check on Santa's progress, maybe watch a holiday movie to close out the night.  As the night winds down and Jack is sleeping soundly, we'll pack the presents under the tree, feast on some cookies and milk, and head to bed without making too much noise (we can always blame it on the reindeer on the roof anyways.)

Jack with his favorite ornament
Christmas day at the Posey household is a loud and messy ordeal.  Gifts are unwrapped and shared first thing in the morning (after some coffee of course) and the wrapping paper creates a sea of color across the living room.  We will have about an hour to prep before the grandparents come over and we start the gift sharing ordeal all over again.  Brunch is held at our house now that we have a young kid so that we don't have to go to multiple homes on Christmas day.  After brunch there is a break and then the day continues with extended family at a cousins house where we end the day with loved ones and

As I said earlier, Jack is still young and won't know his Christmas from his Easter, but I intend to start traditions early so that we can build and develop on them as he gets older.  Jack will learn that Christmas is just as much about giving gifts as it is about receiving them from Santa.  While it's easy to get caught up in the anticipation of new toys or gaming systems, you need to stop and appreciate the mood and overall joy of the season.  Christmas is such a magical time of the year and I hope that I can impart my love of the season to my son the way that my parents did for me.  I can't wait to see the excitement on Jack's face over the years as he experiences the magic of the season for himself.

1 comment:

  1. What awesome ways to make the holidays special! Thanks for sharing #DAMblogger