There are probably as many annual holiday traditions as there are families in this country. But when was the last time you considered adding new ones or letting some of the older, less interesting ones fall by the wayside? Many traditions are set up by a generation of people long ago so ask yourself what tradition has your generation added to the family?
Some traditions seem like they’ve been around since the beginning of time. And indeed they have! Eating turkey for Thanksgiving is an example of a tradition that is nationwide in this country. There are also family traditions for the whole family that includes the grandparents. But perhaps you’ve started your own new traditions for your immediate family that will be handed down to your children. If you haven’t, this is a great year to start!
Many families will make gingerbread cookies or a decorated gingerbread house each holiday with the children. This is an age-old tradition that only some families participate in. Others will make a variety of Christmas cookies to share with neighbors, family and friends.
A newer tradition is to set up luminaries on Christmas eve to help Santa find his way to your house. Families line the pathway to their house with lit tea candles placed into paper bags before going to bed.
A favorite among probably all families with children is to leave milk and cookies out on a plate for Santa. He used to come down chimneys but now with so many homes not having fireplaces, he often resorts to using the back door with his magical key. But you can be sure he always looks for that plate of cookies!
Putting up a Christmas tree is another popular tradition that has changed every year that goes by. From tiny 4” pre-decorated trees to 12’-14’ live trees, the only limitation on the tree is the size of the room you’re putting it in. Some people opt for artificial trees to avoid the mess a live tree can make. Trees come in traditional green, silver, white, blue, red – you name it! Others go even greener and decorate a house plant they already have. No matter what you use, it’s the reason for the season that matters most of all.
Christmas caroling is an age-old tradition for many families. Thanks to the Internet now you can print out the words to any Christmas carol. Families gather together in the living room or walk the neighborhood with flashlights while singing popular carols together.
All of us at Sloan Realty encourage you to think about how you can start a new tradition for your family this year. Merry Christmas to all!