Growing up, Christmas was one of the most magical times of the year. It was when my family from near and far came together at my grandparent’s house. We gathered around a fresh spruce tree that my granddaddy and I cut from the forest. It was decorated with much loved ornaments, each with their own stories. To this day, the smell of a Christmas tree has the power to take me back to those days with my granddaddy, walking together through the forest, looking for just the right tree. That’s why I have Pine-Sol on my holiday shopping list; to fill my home with the scent of Christmas and set the holiday mood. Stockings were hung for every member of the family no matter how young or old. The presents under the tree weren’t plentiful but they were special and well thought out.
Fast forward to today where I am a mom and stepmom to my own family. We live far away from my childhood home of Alabama but I have worked tirelessly to ensure that we keep some of the traditions from my childhood as well as make some new traditions of our own.
One look at our Christmas tree will show you one of the traditions I hold nearest and dearest to my heart. Each ornament has a story. Many have been purchased on our travels or because it is special for a member of the family. Some are even from my childhood. I have a salt dough ornament that I was given by my Girl Scout leader in high school. It is over 20 years old! While Christmas trees that are all one color are popular in magazines, I’ll take our mish mash Christmas tree any day.
Another throwback from my childhood is stockings. Everyone gets one, even the dog. If we have visitors for Christmas, they get a stocking too. Each are filled with little trinkets specific to each person. Gift cards, candy, lip balm and the like. It’s not a huge gift but it’s fun. Plus it is the only thing that gets opened before everyone is out of bed on Christmas morning. All of the presents under the tree have to wait.
While I love handed down traditions, I also like to start traditions of my own.
Two traditions that we’ve developed over the years are building a gingerbread house together and Kevin the Elf visiting for the month of December. While the belief in Santa has left our house, I think Kevin will keep appearing each December. Each evening he moves to a different spot in the house, often making mischief and occasionally bringing a small gift.
All of these traditions have come together to make Christmas something special to us. Christmas will morph and change in the years to come, I am sure of it, but the love and tradition behind it will stay the same…traditions built on love and the magic of the season.
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