Sunday, November 19, 2006

Holiday Traditions

For Owlhaven's opinion Saturday she's asking about our holiday traditions...

I've mentioned before that Thanksgiving is one of the most special holidays for my husband and I as our first date was on Thanksgiving Eve ten years ago this year. We always make sure to steal a few minutes together to let each other know how thankful we are for each other and for that first date!

We've had fun over the years playing with traditions and seeing what works, we take it or leave it the next year depending on what we thought. Eight years ago I made fresh Vietnamese Salad Spring Rolls with peanut dressing on a Thanksgiving that my MIL flew in. While not a traditional side they were so yummy that they became a tradition. They are fairly labor intensive so last year they were missed but I'll be up early to get them ready this year.

This week I'll also be making the Christmas roll recipe that have been a tradition in our family for generations. Some wonderful memories and conversations were had while making these as a family the night before a holiday.

A Christmas tradition from my childhood that I plan on continuing is hiding baby Jesus from the Nativity scene and then letting the kids look for him (in a fairly obvious place) then placing him back in the manger and singing "Happy Birthday" on Christmas Eve. My sister even got her sorority sisters to do this with her in college. It is a great reminder wading through all the gifts under the tree from loved ones to the true meaning of the day and one that as a child I remember really "getting".

5 comments:

owlhaven said...

Fun traditions!

Mary

Sean Carter said...

Its great to live up to your traditions...which very few of us can actually cling on to for generations....If you are looking out for some more cool and innovative ideas, you can jus peep into my Holiday Blog....

Adventures In Babywearing said...

What wonderful traditions!! Thanksgiving became the worst time for us a few years ago (I'll probably write about it this week) and now this year we will be back to normal, back to enjoying the day and not thinking back to bad memories! I love your idea about the baby Jesus. Great ideas!

Jamie said...

Thanks for posting this!
I love holiday traditions, especially now that I have a child to share them with.
I went through Owlhavens comment list and wrote down a bunch of good ideas, so glad you put this up :)

Heaven Sent said...

I love your idea about hiding baby Jesus. A fun thing to do on Easter too. I think I might borrow that idea... :)