There's a beautiful feeling when we think about family traditions. They are unique to each family and make up some of the most treasured and meaningful moments in a family's history. They can revolve around a special celebration, a shared meal, or a simple memory like decorating the Christmas tree together.
One of our family's holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. We began when our first born was 6 months old (his first Christmas!) and have continued to do it every since. Every year I create a new silhouette ornament for each of our boys and gift it to them on Christmas Day. Every year they take a moment to gather all their silhouette ornaments and point out the changes in their profiles over the years. It's both emotional and magical as it helps us bond over the special time we've had with them from babies to now 15 and 8 year olds. These ornaments have helped me capture the moments we've had with them into something tangible we can now cherish and hold on to for years to come...and by bringing them our year after year, they have become part of our family's tradition. A tradition they will pass down to the next generation.
As we prepare to kick-off this year's holiday season, let us be reminded to focus on the things and people we love most. Let us be inspired by the magic of holidays to keep our traditions strong and continue making new ones.