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?

November’s Writing Theme: Tradition

Traditions are what bring us together and keep us together, especially during the holiday season. Many have traditions they love to share with others, while some have traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.

This month’s writing theme is Tradition. What are yours? Do you like them or loathe them? Is there a tradition you know of that you would like to adopt?

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Example: As an example I’ll tell you about a tradition we have in our family that started the Christmas of 1998. 

Due to one of my sister’s indecisiveness, our father thought it would be funny to play a prank on her for Christmas that year. He got a large box, wrapped it and had everyone shake it to guess what was inside. To me it felt like bouncy balls, but that would be a silly gift for her. 

What was inside… well I won’t tell you, but we have been passing it around ever sense. Each year my sisters and I will gift it to another sister and disguise it within the gift like my dad did. 

It’s become a tradition in our family to pass this thing around each year and come up with different ways to disguise it. 

If I’ve caught your interest and you’re just dying to know what things we’ve done and what it is. Visit my Patreon Page

Traditions Make Seasons Exceptional

Traditions

Traditions have built our nation and our lives to be what they are today. If you ask anyone you walk up to if they have a tradition, I bet they could name at least one if not more traditions their families participate in. Let’s dive in a bit deeper, shall we?

What are they?

The Dictionary explains Traditions as long-standing or transmission of customs or beliefs from one generation to another. To give or hand over for safekeeping.

Reasons for Traditions

Language

The languages we speak or learn to speak are passed down from generation to generation. It’s a part of our heritage, something to keep alive from ages past. What languages can you speak? I am fluent in English, of course, but I would love to learn Gaelic. My children are learning Chinese and Japanese and in turn my husband and I are learning some as they learn.

Sports

The sports we watch or participate in started somewhere, right? They have been played for so long they are continued throughout the years and celebrated during certain times of the year. The Superbowl, The World Series, The Stanley Cup Finals, and Basketball Championship to name a few are very popular.

Holidays

The holidays we celebrate are those that have been established and passed down from year to year. Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Christmas, The Fourth of July and many more have been celebrated each year to recognize different events and victories in our nations history.

The Arts

Music, plays, performances and more have been enjoyed for years. There is no finer entertainment than the performances on a stage.

Food

Food is one thing that never changes and yet always changes. Variations of dishes, how to cook them, their ingredients and how the dishes are served are traditions within many families. What food you eat when such as Turkey on Thanksgiving or in my family a rotation of ham, lasagna, another dish I can’t remember each Christmas.

Fashion

Though fashion changes throughout the years, there are records, plays, movies, even photo galleries and events that keep the tradition of long gone wardrobes alive. Who would love dressing in clothes from the 1930’s for a day?

Religion

Your beliefs and customs have been passed on since time began. Every religion has a story of how it started along with events that occurred throughout history. These stories are passed down to our children and will continue as long as we continue to pass them on.

Importance Of Tradition

Creates Identity

Traditions teach and provide younger generations with stories, tales and customs of where their family came from, their religion, and their culture. Stories are the best way to pass on traditions.

One such story we have is back in 2008 one of my sister’s was uncertain what she wanted for Christmas. My parents gave her a gift that unbeknownst to them would create a tradition that is still going today. They wrapped a fruitcake (one of those long rectangular ones you can purchase from any store) in a box with rubber bands attached to it. My dad had fun asking us to shake in and guess what was inside. My thought was bouncy balls. To this day every year that same fruitcake has been wrapped up many different ways including mailed to the receiver, buried in a box of coal, had a candle formed around it, and in a giant stuffed bear that apparently pooped out the fruitcake. It is event we cherish and share together every year, which leads into the next topic…

Family Connection

Traditions can enforced and strengthen family connections and ties. If you have a larger family as I do, you may have a family reunion where you can connect with all those relatives you haven’t had a chance to see in a while. Or perhaps you take a trip every year as my sisters and I try to. We go to a cabin or resort for a few days to a week to catch up, have fun and strengthen the bonds we have as sisters.

Teaches Values

Through rituals, customs or family stories you can impart on your children the values and moral aptitude you desire your child to receive as a young one. Reading to them at night, praying each morning and before bed, and daily family activities can impart upon them the values they need to become amazing adults.

Hand Down Religion and Culture

The teachings of your culture and religion will not continue unless your young ones or even older ones don’t hear the stories, revelations, testimonies, and culture from you. It gives them a look into the past as they learn about how their family came to be, how it formed and grew to be as they are today. Don’t let that slip away.

Creates Fond Memories

Just like any memory; actions, stories, and tales are attached to them. Create lasting memories with your family and your traditions will continue to bring joy and happiness as the years move forward.

Some of our Traditions

Would you like to hear about some of our traditions? Click here and you can see what our family is up too!

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?