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?

Gifts for Authors/Writers

10 Fantastic Gifts for Author/Writers

The holidays are approaching fast and I wanted to not only give my husband some hints on things I may like for Christmas, but I thought I would give some ideas to those who are searching for creative and unique gives to give the writer on your list.

Note: No affiliate links are contained within this post. All thoughts and opinions are solely those of the author and provided for your benefit.

Let’s get started:

1) Smens (Price Unavailable)

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If the writer on your list is a pen person like me, they will love these scented pens. Enjoy some of your favorite scents as you write that next big novel, notes, or use them for fun doodles! Click here to check availability.

2) Bag in a Bag Liner with Pockets ($15.65)

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What writer wouldn’t want to be as organized as possible when traveling? And the more organized the better, but that’s just my opinion. This nifty product offers the solution to that messy unorganized bag. Everything has a place and is easily located. The perfect travel companion for any writer. Click Here to check it out!

3) Custom Pencil Sets

($23.23 CA)

Shakespeare

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($10.64 CA)

Sherlock

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What better way to write those notes, stories on paper, or anything else for that matter with Pencil sets with your favorite writer/character sayings on them. I, myself love Sherlock and hope to order these when the come into stock, as of right now they are out. 🙁

If you take a look around and knew your writer’s favorite author/character, what a treat they would make to their desk! Check them out Here and Here.

4) USB Typewriter Computer Keyboard

($749)

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($3-400)

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Now this is definitely more expensive, but I just couldn’t help myself. If the writer on your list likes the nostalgic or even the antique they will absolutely love this! The feel of a typewriter with the tech of today. It’s a win-win. Visit the sites Here and Here.

5) Paperback Fragrance ($6-40)

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Is that writer on your list always commenting on the the feel and smell of books as they read, unfortunately with technology racing forward paperbacks have been replaced by computer screens. Though I love to hold and read actual books, I do tend to read on my Ipad because it’s more convenient. Someone was listening when all of us book lovers mentioned wanting the environment of reading a book. Now you can get the scent of paperback! You can choose from oils, lotions, perfumes, etc. Perfect for the recipient!

Click Here for more information!

6) Classic Book USB ($29.95)

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Now if the writer loves the classics, this is perfect. Pre-loaded with 3000 classic novels, they have the ease and convenience of inserting it into a USB drive and just reading! What could get better than that?!

Click Here to give the gift of a library on one small drive!

7) Desk Organizers ($17.99)

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What better way to display those pens and pencils from above than a new desk organizer or pencil holder. Grab one that resembles books or one that resembles the classic typewriter! You can see them Here and Here!

8) The Writer Box (£29.95)

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If you are looking for a gift set to surprise the writer, here is one they will love! Included is an A5 leatherette notebook (your choice of colored edging), A black and silver balloon pen engraved with the phrase, “Go Away I’m Writing.”, a handmade wooden door sign with the same phrase, and fuel pack with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and biscuits.

Bonus Extras include: An original design bookmark, a secret ‘Note to Writer’, their little card of writing prompts and inspiration, and a special selected literary postcard.

Now you will be one awesome friend or family member in their eyes as they open suck a great gift! Learn more Here!

9) Mugs ($13-20)

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Now I know mugs are one of those things on everyones list of things to get for writers and authors alike and for good reason. There are so many in so many different designs. You can’t go wrong with a mug with some book related words of inspiration no matter what your writer is drinking.

Search amazon.com for book mugs and you will find a huge selection!

10) T-Shirt/Sweaters ($15-30)

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Again, shirts are another one of those I see common on these lists for the same reason as the mugs. There are so many to choose from, you will definitely find a great one for the writer in you life!

Browse amazon for “book shirts” and you find plenty to choose from!

From the inexpensive to quite expensive there are unique gifts for every budget! Hope this helped you find a great gift for someone you know or a gift for yourself! Have any ideas not on this list? Add them in the comments! I would love to add them!