I love thinking about family traditions.
We had a couple when I was growing up that may not have even been a true ‘tradition’ but now that I’m older I miss them.
Especially now that we have a child, in the back of my mind I am always thinking about what traditions we can create with him.
One thing I absolutely loved was on Christmas Eve. My two sisters and I would sit on the floor in front of my dad (or I would be in his lap when I was very young) and he would read us ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then the three of us would usually sleep in the same room/bed. Obviously, things changed as we started getting older, but it’s a memory I will treasure forever. This is something I plan on us doing with Silas starting next Christmas.
Justin’s family has a tradition of watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve Eve. His older brother and him had started watching it together when they were younger and then the parents started joining in. To be frank, I do not like this movie. Yes, parts of it are hilarious, but it’s just not my cuppa tea. What I do love is being a part of a new tradition. It’s been 5 years and I look forward to that night every year. I love listening to them all quote different parts of the movie and spotting new things in the background each time we watch it. Sadly, because of the stinking baby we actually watched it during the day on Christmas Eve…and I napped during most of it. #TiredMom. But I look forward to watching Silas grow up with this tradition.
A tradition that may not have actually been a tradition was sleepovers with my Grandparents and Aunt. I don’t remember how often we had them, but I believe on certain Friday nights, I (and sometimes another sister) would get taken to their house for a sleepover! We would go to dinner and a place called Mom & Pops (I’m not quite sure on the actual spelling of it). I freaking loved that place! The food came in red plastic baskets and the soda came in little plastic Pepsi cups.
We have already kind of started this with our kid. He had his first sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s in January and we plan on having at least one a month. We already have the next one arranged and we are all looking forward to it! Haha.
And hopefully while he is there they can start their own traditions like my grandparents did with me.
What family traditions did you have growing up?
Are there any you want to recreate with your children?