This month’s “The Way I View” blog circle continues with the theme of “Tradition.” (See last month’s post here.)
Our little family enjoys so many traditions throughout the month of December. Some I’ve already discussed here. This year, we broke from tradition a bit and, instead of going to a family member’s home, we invited family to spend a little Christmas vacation with us at a beach house in Cannon Beach, Oregon (you can see some of the fun we had here). The house was lovely and the experience was memory making, which, when you get down to it, is what all our traditions are really about.
We brought along stockings for everyone, put up a tiny little tree and decorated it with handmade garland (think paper chains and threaded cranberries). While it was a scaled down version of what we normally do, it was just perfect.
We had great fun stringing the garland and making gingerbread cookies.
And let’s not forget the gingerbread houses made late one evening.
On Christmas Eve, we let the kids open up a present — usually a pair of new jammies. This year, Grammy made us matching jammies, so we had lots of fun with that.
We put out cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer and he left the kids a sweet note of thanks and some gifts wrapped in red.
Christmas morning was as exciting and wonderful as ever. It really never gets old. I love watching the kids’ faces and utter disbelief when they open something that was on their list. And the little handmade gifts given by them are treasures.
Outside of these activities, we spent a lot of time exploring town, walking the beach and generally being together.
This had to be one of the most memorable holidays we’ve ever experienced. We know it was a rare opportunity, but we hope to do it again some day.
Make sure to continue along the circle and see how the lovely Kami views “Tradition.”