Many of us practice family traditions, particularly around this time of year. One we established with our kids from a very young age, was making the annual trek to a local tree farm, in search of the perfect Christmas tree, a few weeks prior to the holiday season.
With the exception of a bit of grumbling during the teen years, this has been a tradition we have enjoyed taking part in as a family. Even the debacle of our less than perfect moment, didn’t dampen our spirits when it comes to this annual ritual.
Over the years we have had trees of all shapes and sizes in our home. Trees we have had to stand up in our garage for days, to melt the ice off of before moving it into the house. Trees we mistakenly cut too much off of the bottom, causing us to feel the need to build a platform to stand it on, in order to recreate the proper height, & of course the most common mistake made by Christmas tree cutters, selecting the tree that appears relatively small in the woods, but explodes to swallow up most of the room when untied in the house! Remember the Griswolds?
A tradition may seem like a small, little thing, but they are part of what define us as a family.
They begin to weave a tale of our time together, a story that is unique to us as a family, often passed down for generations to come and shared with those that we love.
Whether we are smiling or whether we are grumbling, they are all part of our journey of growing together.
A few weeks ago, at the tender age of 7 weeks old, we bundled up our little LAM, making sure she was all nice & toasty, & made the trek to a tree farm close to my son & daughter-in-law’s home, in search of the perfect tree for her very 1st Christmas.
Although she will most likely be too young to remember this particular outing, it brought this Grandma great joy to see this tradition continuing on in the next generation.
As difficult & challenging as it may seem some years to continue this annual little trek, my hope is that they continue making the effort. The reward of doing so & the stories gathered along the way, are far richer than giving in to the grumbling years!
Whatever traditions you may honour as a family in celebrating the holiday season, I wish you precious time spent together with loved ones, creating your own stories to share for years to come.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & extending my sincere gratitude for continuing to read & share all of your wonderful thoughts & stories!