#FHforChildren December Link Up: Family Traditions
It’s been a great December so far. We’ve been doing fun Christmas activities every day to enjoy the season! I’m trying hard not to become too busy to enjoy each little moment. My four-year-old daughter is delighted with every part of the Christmas season. She has been helping me with every step of setting up the decorations, make Christmas crafts together, and reading Christmas books. I’ve been asking around about others’ Christmas traditions and adding in some new ones to our already established ones. I love how each family starts their own traditions. Some get carried on by their children and some don’t.
A treasured tradition that my mother started that I have been carrying on is the Christmas tree cinnamon roll that she bakes for Christmas morning. She actually makes it ahead of time and freezes the dough. When she gets it out Christmas morning, it thaws and rises while we open presents, then when everyone starts to get hungry it’s time to bake it. Sometimes we add a green glaze. It’s delicious! Everyone always wanted the trunk. Last year two of my friends had babies right before Christmas, so I made two extra trees to share. That’s the fun thing about our special family traditions – sharing the love!
Simple to Join
Since it’s the most wonderful time of the year, yet often a very busy time, I’m encouraging you to join the link up with just one photo and a description of it. Tell us about one of your holiday traditions. I hope you can join! After you create a blog post, just click here to enter it until December 20:
Theme: Family Traditions
Here are some more questions to get you thinking about family traditions:
- How do family traditions bring your family together?
- Do you know of any unique family traditions that your ancestors did?
- What traditions have been passed down in your family?
- What traditions are you starting with your family that they will carry on in the future?
In Bruce Feiler’s book, The Secrets of Happy Families, he says that the weirder a family tradition, the better! It’s more memorable and more binding. It gives that sense of, “our family is unique” and “I’m part of something.” As you share your traditions, consider sharing something unique! Here’s a unique tradition that my Grandpa Elder’s family did every year:
This song is so unique that after researching for several days I still can’t find the author of the song or even where it came from. All I could find it in is a school reader from the 1870s. I sang it to my children yesterday and remembered my Grandpa.