Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tradition has been a big part of my life. I feel as though, in many ways, tradition is where my family home is. We moved a lot growing up and there was never a specific place that felt like it was home, no real permanent location. Tradition was really the glue that strung everything-- locations, times, family, etc.---all together. We have the tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve, going out for Chinese before Christmas service...not really sure why that one began. On birthdays we would all gather on my parent's bed first thing in the morning and open gifts, artfully wrapped in plastic bags.
All of these types of things have little details, tiny "rules" that become almost sacred. For instance I always hang this red finger weaving at Christmas, wrapping something as though it were a candy cane.
Anyway, Eric and I were recently talking about different traditions. We are a family now and it's our time to start our own little history as a family unit, things that we do which will always be sacred to Cordelia, that she will carry on into her adulthood. Of course we will continue many family traditions, but we also want to start a few newbies.
I am tempted to have 4am flapjacks on the third Tuesday in March as a tradition. I would really love to come up with some more ummm meaningful traditions, centered around holidays or birthdays.
Do you have traditions for your family? Any that are particularly wonderful? Maybe we could share?
Posted by Maria Rose at Wednesday, June 23, 2010