March 22, 1978

March 22, 1978
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Pause in Advent

The first day of Advent. A perfect day to think about what the Christmas season means to me. Wow, it means a lot and it will be nice to be able to sit back and reflect every Sunday until Christmas Day along with Floss over at Troc, Broc and ReCup.

For my first one, I have to say the thing that comes to mind right away, is, Traditions. From the turning on of the Christmas lights on the 1st, to decorating the tree on the first Sat of December, we keep to a list of favorite events that bring the 4 of us together to share in the season. As my girls got older, I would tell them if they had parties or other events that they wanted to do, they certainly could. I understood the needs of the young folks and didn't want my girls to have to choose between their friends and their parents. But what I found was, the traditions that they grew up with, were so strong and so loved, that to miss one of the many events was not something they wanted to do. So for almost 30 years, we have all gotten together to celebrate the season with an Annual Christmas Movie, dinner out with a Christmas Light Tour, and the favorite, Dessert/Decorate the Tree Party. I send out a schedule before Thanksgiving and I adjust the dates as necessary, and we all gather and we all have a great time. Traditions. Whether large or small, they make such a difference in a family. Do you have any traditions that you follow each year? Always, Kit


I am joining Floss for A Pause in Advent. Thank you Floss!


Linking to The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

17 comments:

Carolyn Phillips said...

I love to read about other families traditions.

magsmcc said...

This is a very lovely post! Hello from a pausing strawberry! We decorate on 1st- Prince Charming has taken the day off work and I have swapped the evening with a colleague. He is taking us on a surprise trip at 6pm- ohh! Instead of sending Christmas cards (environmental decision) or buying rubbish presents (adventconspiracy.org) we have a mince pies and mulled stuff open house one Sunday afternoon in December for anyone and everyone who can drop in. Homemade, individual traditions are truly fabulous, I think! I love your dessert/decorate party- still time for us to build that one in!

Pom Pom said...

I remember one of my best friend's traditions was a trip to the holly farm. I found that so sweet. I think most of the traditions in my family revolved around the church calendar with rehearsals for children's programs and choir practice. I'm very thankful that I have the advent candle ring we used when I was a kid.
I do love the movie watching! I can see why your girls adore that event!

E. Charlotte said...

Love those photos! And you're right, those traditions are too fun to miss! Nothing beats them, every year. :) Can't wait for all those get-togethers this year too!

Junell said...

I love hearing how close your family unit is - it just warms my heart. :)

Our tradition is decorating the house (both inside and out) on the day after Thanksgiving. We love looking at the lights and decorations. We feel that since it's a lot of work, we want to get the most days as possible to enjoy. Fun times. :)

Diane said...

Very nice post Kit. I think traditions hold things together. They're very important. Enjoy the season! Diane

Lorrie said...

When our children were at home traditions included the advent calendars, decorating the tree, the school programs and such. Now that they are grown and married, we find that traditions need to be tweaked a little. But still, we always, always find time to be together.

Jen said...

This is so neat, I lvoe that yoru girls still love these traditions!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a fun visit for a Pause In Advent, full of your sweet family memories. And I also enjoyed the previous post about Black Friday. That is actually a favorite tradition for several in my family - not my senior mom or me - but we do enjoy going out in the afternoon when there are stil plenty of sales but fewer crowds - a great time to shop for the grandkids! Have a blessed week.

eileeninmd said...

You have some wonderful family traditions. It is so nice to hear that your family still finds time to get together for these lovely times and for the memories. Wonderful photos and I hope your week ahead is a good one.

Karen said...

I love this. We have our traditions too. My grown children remind me periodically of the things we usually do during the holidays. So fun that my sons recall the holidays with fun recollections!
Have a great week.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Floss said...

What a lovely post - great photos and wonderful memories that are still being made today. Our traditions are really different, in that my husband's family traditionally decorates to the sound of the famous English Carols from King's College on Christmas Eve. I know many people think we leave it too late (and that's one of the reasons I make a big deal of Advent) but decorating the tree and the whole house, as a family, to the sound of carols and with Christmas only a day away, is something I've happily adopted. Thanks so much for joining in our 'Pause'.

Pomona said...

Found you via Floss - I have joined the Pause too. How lovely that your family traditions have carried on so long - I love the pictures of jollity!

Pomona x

T's Daily Treasures said...

We don't have any traditions anymore. We used to spend Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with other families here when the kids were little, but they've all moved on and I never found anyone else to spend the holidays with. We just kinda do whatever, whenever. Sounds like ya'll have a great time! Best wishes, Tammy

Fat Dormouse said...

I think family traditions are great - even without children I try to keep certain traditions for me and Mr D. I only buy one more Christmas decoration a year, I like to spend time carefully unwrapping each decoration...in fact I think I feel a "Pause" post coming on! I'll stop there and you can read it all in a couple of weeks!!!

Zuzu said...

It is so wonderful that you continue these traditions & get-togethers, Kit!
My youngest daughter & family live in L.A., my son and his wife live in Japan, and my oldest daughter is working three different jobs, so getting together is rare. We do however plan to get together on Christmas with as many family members as can make it - and I am soooo excited! :)
Wishing you a lovely weekend,
Zuzu

Cottage Tails said...

Wonderful post - lovely!. traditions sure are important.

Love Leanne