Our Traditions… What are yours?

Traditions

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Traditions are everywhere during the holidays and we are no exception. Though some may find our traditions silly or unique, they are ours and we will continue them for years to come; passing them to our children and our children’s children.

What Are They?

Well, I’ve touched on this as well as reasons for and the importance of traditions in another post you can find HERE. Today I want to tell you about a few we have in our family and I would love, love, LOVE to hear some of yours so comment below or send me a message!!

Reason For Our Traditions

Honestly, some of our traditions started by accident and continued from there. Perhaps it was a treat and was asked for year after year. Perhaps it was something we just always did naturally as the night wore on…

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Whatever the reason, I’m glad we have traditions to pass down to our children that show compromise, love and a willingness to come together no matter the circumstances. My and my husband’s families are quite different, but we’ve been able to blend them so that each of our traditions are still present for everyone to enjoy.

Importance Of Tradition

I’ve touched on this in a previous post as well, but the importance of tradition for us is massive. We are able to bring things to light that our children may not have known about their families, the differences as well as the similarities. It teaches them that even though we come from different families, we’ve come together as one to share in the events that we believe are special to us. Not just the ones that appear during Christmas or Thanksgiving, but during any time of the year.

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What stories can you tell your children about these traditions that they didn’t know about? Do they know how they started? Who started them and what they stand for? 

Some Of Our Traditions

Here is the part you’ve been dying to know, I’m sure.

Since it is the holidays, I’ll focus on those and perhaps I’ll update this throughout the year with our others as they happen.

Thanksgiving:

Every year on thanksgiving we spend time with our family, usually his side because mine is larger and everyone has their own things going on. We usually host, but this year his little brother hosted and it was wonderful. We had a great time with our nieces and their side of the family.

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When all the eating is done and cleanup is finished, everyone had gone home. We settle down with some hot chocolate (glass bottles of Coca-cola for my husband) and put our Christmas tree up while we listen to Christmas music.

Yes, I know its still Thanksgiving and we are very thankful. Thankful that we have each other present to participate in this tradition that been in my life since before I was born. My children are experiencing something I loved as a child.

Christmas:

Now here is what you’ve all been waiting for, right?

With our two families coming togethers and some other complications, we have 3-4 Christmas celebrations beside our own. We schedule a day to meet with all my sisters for a sister Christmas, which is scheduled whenever we can get six sisters together. We see my parents on Christmas Eve, his family on Christmas day, and my family has an extended family party too.

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But that’s not what I wanted to tell you about. One of our traditions came by accident when our middle sister couldn’t think of what she wanted for Christmas. My parents would ask her and she would say she didn’t know.

So, my dad being him, did something that would create the best tradition we have ever had. That one act had created years of creative enjoyment for all his daughters to enjoy and it will continue for years to come.

What is it, you ask? What did he do that would spiral us into a creative tradition that we all love? Well, he grabbed a large box, some rubber bands, and one of those rectangular fruitcakes. He taped the fruitcake to the rubber bands, stapled the rubber bands to the inside of the box, wrapped it and had fun asking people to guess what was inside it whenever they came over.

To be honest, I thought it was a bunch of small bouncy balls, but the great thing was that we all laughed when we found out what was inside. And don’t worry, that wasn’t the only gift she received that year.

The Christmas Fruitcake:

That was the year of 1998 and every year since it is passed to another sister to disguise and re-gift to another sister for the next year. Yep, it’s the same one from 1998 and yes, it’s been wrapped multiple times in plastic wrap and duct tape.

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It’s one of the things we look forward to every year and gives us another reason to see each other, cause really? Who wouldn’t want to see what you could do with a fruitcake.

If you’re interested in seeing what we’ve done with this fruitcake, you can check out my Patreon Page. I update it every year with the latest disguise. We couldn’t remember all of them when I decided to start keeping track, but will from now on.

To not leave you hanging, I’ll give you a few things we’ve done.

~ It’s been baked into a birthday cake (my and my twins birthday is close to Christmas)

~ It’s been put in a bear you have to squeeze for it to poop it out.

~ It’s been literally mailed to another sister

~ Buried in a box of coal (I was the lucky one to get that one!)

~ Buried in a box of Crackers (They had snacks for a long time!)

What are Your Traditions?

I would love to hear about your family traditions! Do you have something unique that you pass around as we do?

Self Faith

Self Faith

Has anyone ever said to you, “Have Faith . . . “?

“Have faith, you will see this through.”

“Have faith, you can do anything you put your mind too.”

“Have faith, you are doing a great job!”

Faith: a belief, confidence or trust in a person, object, religion, idea or view despite the absence of truth. Synonyms:  hope, trust, belief

Faith

Now that we have the definition out of the way. I would like to talk about self faith. The faith someone has in themselves. There are many people who have faith in themselves, but if you are anything like me; having faith in yourself can come as a challenge.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have faith in many things: my family and friends to always be there for me when I need them; my children to make good choices, to grow and to learn; my electronics (such as phone and computer) to provide information and communication, my home and car to provide shelter and transportation; games/movies/attractions to provide entertainment, but the faith I have in myself . . . Not quite where I would like it to be.

Faith in Oneself

I believe having faith in oneself can be one of the most challenging things to overcome. You have many people who have faith in you, but you will never accomplish what you want accomplished if you do not have faith in yourself. There are so many small things you have faith in, such as getting up every morning to go to school or work, being there for a friend or family member, or having faith in someone you truly trust, but the bigger things like public speaking, starting something new or just getting your voice heard. There is always this fear that something will somehow backfire, people won’t look at you the same, or you feel people will think you are less than you are and really. . . who wants that to happen? So most of the time we just don’t do what we’ve been dying to do. We don’t jump and believe God will guide us. Yes, the road may be rocky and you may get hurt, you may become tired and weary, you may think about giving up, but when you finally reach that pivotal point in your journey, you will be changed. Changed for the better!

Motivation and Determination

I believe motivation and determination are closely linked to faith. Motivation and determination can be a driving force for your faith. Some use motivation to create a backdrop for faith, I guess you could say. Some use a scrapbook of motivational pictures or objects that they look at each day to stay focused, keep their faith in themselves to accomplish what they set out to do. Some read a inspirational book, blogs, add pins or watch movies, and for some it take the desire to help others to have faith in themselves to start. This is what this blog is to me. I want to encourage and inspire others to have faith and to keep fighting for what they believe in, their hopes and their dreams. To continue that journey and see it to the end, to jump and land safely. You may have battle scars, but you will never forget your journey and what it took to achieve what you did. Never stop fighting for that.

Have Courage

I encourage you, if you are anything like me, find something – anything that will assist in keeping your faith and fight for your dreams. What you find may surprise you!

It has been two years since I have written this post and I have come a long way in my Journey. There have definitely been some ups and downs. I’ve been in a car accident, gone through physical therapy for my back, started writing novels and have one published with two more to be published at the end of this month. We have been force to give up our malamute/husky due to unfortunate circumstances (one of which I am still struggling with, her absence has been a struggle). We adopted three more cats to help our two children cope with the loss of having to give up our family dog and I have been committed to continuing with this blog. With the support and the continued faith in my abilities I am forging ahead. I have jumped and am still falling, but our goals are not to far away. I am still fighting for my achievements. Are you?

What motivations or helpful aids do you have to Have Faith, to Keep Fighting… to take that leap?