Sunday, December 21, 2008
Blog Advent Tour 2008 - A family tradition
Marg at Reading Adventures, and Kailana at The Written World are hosting the Blog Advent Tour 2008. Every day, participants post a bit of Christmas until December 25. Today it's my turn. And whew, have I been a little nervous about what to post.
Earlier in the month, I posted about the fact that I had no Christmas spirit, and in order to defeat that feeling, I was going to write about Christmas as much as I could. I took pictures of my tree and my kids, my Advent calendar, I elfed the family, I answered Christmasy questions... what haven't I written about already? I may have mentioned before that my family as a child didn't really celebrate Christmas, but clearly what I meant by that is that I don't remember our family celebrating Christmas in a traditional way. We very rarely stayed at home. We stopped putting a tree up after my brother and I turned a certain age. After awhile, our family grew apart and were hardly in the same house together.
Because of this, I'd love it if my children grew up remembering specific holiday traditions. Fun ones, things we did together as a family, things that could think back on fondly. The smell of baking, laughter. My husband N plays the piano and every year he plays for us and we sing carols together.
And I started one as well. It was difficult to remember, because it isn't a tradition specific to Christmas, but it orginated at Christmas and I carry it on every year. It happened by accident.
My oldest son, Elliot was less than 4 weeks old on his first Christmas. He slept through us opening his Christmas presents for him, he slept most of the day in fact. When the presents were all opened, I wanted a nice photo of him. Something that would remind me of this, his first Christmas. So I plonked him down on the wrapping paper. And a tradition was born. Every Christmas I do the same, take photos of him surrounded in wrapping paper. It works the same for birthdays.
The first Christmas
Elliot, aged 1
Elliot, aged 2