Do you have any special traditions that you like to follow in your home?
If you were to ask me whether my family does, my first response would be, “Nah, not really”. But when I start to think about it, I realize that we do. A lot of little traditions have evolved naturally through the years that my husband and I have been together: little rituals that signal the start of the weekend, and small customs that celebrate each season. This brings me to last weekend.
We finally put up our Christmas decorations! Now, I will admit right off the bat that my Christmas decorating is probably not what most would call ‘chic’. But I do think it is kind of… sweet, and there is a cool story behind my beloved artificial tree and pretty much every decoration on it.
Years ago, when my son was still a baby (rather than the 13 year old teen who towers over me today!), my aunt offered us her Christmas tree. The timing was perfect. She was ready to let the tree go, and we had just decided that we needed to buy one.
This was a special tree, too. In my youth, our whole family had spent many a Christmas Eve by it- eating delicious meals, laughing, opening gifts. So, naturally, I enthusiastically accepted the gift. My aunt also gave us the decorations. This collection continues to grow with the passing years, consisting of a variety of ornaments that were given as gifts, hand-crafted by my son, family and friends, and also some season-end purchases.
Every year, we put on Christmas carols, break out the eggnog, and start to… ahem… construct the tree. Yeah. That’s the one funny thing about this tree: you have to build it ‘from scratch’ every year. You re-connect the trunk, put each of the individual branches into the tree trunk, replace the needles that have fallen off…
Have you seen one like this? I could be way off on this, but I’m guessing that they don’t make this kind any more.
My husband always constructs the tree, and then my son and I decorate it… and we sure make a fun evening of it. I have to admit, though, the actual construction and deconstruction of the tree can seem like a bit of a production sometimes. So this year, I made a rather Scrooge-ish suggestion.
Since we were busy and a little tired, I offered that perhaps it was time to get a modern tree. Of course we wouldn’t get rid of our beloved tree! Just give it a break for one season. I mean, why not benefit from the technological advances that have surely been made over the last 35 years in the field of artificial Christmas tree assemblage!
Well. Let’s just say that my son did not go for that idea. And the truth is, I was kind of relieved.
I guess this tree, which is probably at least 35 years old, has become a real tradition in our home. Once we started to put it up, I immediately remembered why it was worth the effort. What was I thinking? I love this tree! And we are officially in the holiday spirit now!
These little traditions really add something sweet to life, and they are part of what makes the season sparkle with charm.
How about you? Do you have any beloved traditions? (Big or small)
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