|Dorky parlour games: a family tradition|
Having Sprout makes the whole issue that much more important because now we're not just doing what we feel like that year, we're creating our own family traditions. There's more onus on us to have consistent family customs around the holidays. We needed to make decisions like following the Santa Claus tradition or not.
Stockings were a big thing for me--that was non-negotiable. I have so many fond memories of opening all the little gifts that my mom stuffed into my (large, stretchy) stocking. Even the stocking itself is a lovely memory: my grandmother knitted one for each of her grandchildren, our names stitched into the yarn above the little Santa design & the bell attached to the toe of each one.
So for Sprout's first Christmas, my sister took up the torch from my grandmother, whose knitting days were past her at that point, & knitted a gorgeous stocking for him. It was so big he could fit inside it, as you can see.
|He wasn't terribly impressed about being stuffed into this...|
|Opening up the gift bags on Christmas morning.|
I guess how you might describe our blending of traditions is "Something old, something new, something German & something... blue?" Even after spending a dozen Christmases together, two of them with our little boy, we're still figuring it out. But whether it's turkey or goose, the 24th or the 25th, what's really important is spending time together with family. Not just the three of us but making time to see all our extended family. Then playing silly parlour games with them.
What about you? Have you come across any conflicts when blending two different family or cultural traditions? How have you worked it out?
This post is the ninth of twelve in a series on Christmas Traditions. Head over & visit my friends to see their take on traditions at Christmas. If you just joined in now, here's what you've missed:
Day 1 - November 26th - Julie Nowell on traditions in a new home
Day 2 - November 27th - Jen at Mama Papa Bubba on crafty traditions
Day 3 - November 28th - Lori at The Write Mama on her Christmas Village
Day 4 - November 29th - Amy at The Connection We Share on her Experiential Advent Calendar
Day 5 - November 30th - Erin At Large on the Giving Part of Christmas
Day 6 - December 1st - Jessica at North Shore Mama on a few of her favourite (Christmas) things
Day 7 - December 2nd - Suzanne at the Enchanted Chameleon on Christmas, gluten free
Day 8 - December 3rd - Hillary at Double the L Please on her time-honoured tradition of... BBQ
But wait! It's not over yet! Don't forget to visit these three for the next in the series:
Day 10 - December 5th - Eschelle at Mumfection on German pickle & candles
Day 11 - December 6th - Brandee at One Crazy Kid
Day 12 - December 7th - Tairalyn at Little Miss Mama on baking stained glass cookies