Traditions, New and Old

I LOVE the holiday season. The cookies, the decorating, the parties, the sharing, the love … the traditions.

We have our own favorite family traditions for the holiday season. Watching the Texas A&M and Texas Longhorn Football game after the meal on Thanksgiving (sadly, that tradition ended this year).

Decorating the house for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving, Elf on The Shelf, hosting a gingerbread house decorating party and ornament exchange with our kids’ closest friends and driving around eating pizza in the car and looking at Christmas lights.

Reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ and tucking the kids into bed with visions of sugarplums in their own little heads on Christmas Eve.

Every year, we know what’s going to happen and the anticipation and excitement while waiting for it to happen just enhances the joy of the season.

I had a conversation the other day with a friend who said her family didn’t really have any traditions and she wondered if it was too late to start some of her own.

In my opinion, traditions have to start somewhere, don’t they? Why not start your own, add to the existing traditions or just wipe the slate clean and start from scratch.

That conversation got me thinking and we decided that in addition to the Angel Tree Child that we adopt as a family, we would let our kids choose to adopt a child of their own and, if they did, my husband and I will match any money that they spend out of their own earnings.

Tis the season, after all.

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