When my children were younger, I loved sharing the belief in Santa! They have great memories of the jolly man in a red suit who knew if they were good or bad and rewarded their goodness with toys!
I still believe. And even though they tell me they don't anymore, I'm hoping they secretly still do! At least they believe in the fun and fantasy - the magic that surrounds the season.
It was just part of our family tradition to take the kids to see Santa; to put cookies and milk out for him as well as carrots for the reindeer! (Don't reindeer eat vegetables?) Cookie baking together was also fun. My daughter and I still do that. My son - not so much!
Celebrating the birth of Christ; church and school programs; traveling to Grandma's house to meet-up with cousins - all traditions for us at Christmastime!
Traditions, I think, give us all a sense of belonging - a sense of security. Important values not only for young children but for teens as well. In fact, maybe even more important in the teen years when they are trying to define their sense of self.
My children are now past sitting in Santa's lap but not past the need for traditions. This year we're going to take in a play. We'll also spend a special night (formally dressed) taking in the sights and sounds of the Old Market in downtown Omaha and dining out at a grown-up restaurant. Looking forward to making more memories.
Traditions are an important part of family life and each stage of life brings new ones for us to cherish!
What are some of your family traditions this time of year? Would love to hear!