Happy Friday and Welcome! Today is a good time to discuss how grandparents are the keepers of traditions.
Personally, I believe traditions are important for families…for our heritage and peace of mind and grandparents are an important keeper of that key.
There are some things every person wants to know will always be there no matter what is happening in the world around us. Traditions provide a sense of security to many.
All types of traditions are built and handed down throughout a family, but for me they have predominately centered around holidays.
I heard a saying I really liked once…”Christmas is like a baton passed down from one generation to the next.” That would be the same of Hanukkah, birthdays, baptisms or any family celebrations.
Grandparents run with the baton and, hopefully, eventually will hand it off to continue.
CHRISTMAS AND ME…A TRADITION BEGINS
Why do I love this season so much? I have given this deep thought.
Honestly, I believe it began as a child when Christmas was the only time in our household that my parents agreed with one another, worked as a team, and made it very special.
The rest of the year was contentious and heated and not fun at all. Christmastime became an oasis in the desert for me.
I have always looked forward to the season and been a little sad when it ends.
My anniversary was yesterday…37 years…and it was the Christmas wedding I had always dreamed of. Now a part of our family history.
KEEPING CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
With my own children and now grandchildren, it has been important to me to run with the baton and create memories and traditions for our families to cherish.
Someone looked at my decorations once and asked, “How long will you continue to put this stuff out?” I looked at them and softly said, “This is not stuff. Each decoration, each ornament has a purpose and story to tell.”
Many of the decorations come from my mother and my mother-in-law. The grandchildren already know and enjoy the Santas of the World and the Christmas village…they hear of the Great Grandmothers they never knew with each one.
There are three of these stockings that my husband’s great-grandmother sewed in 1958. We want to continue to hang them and allow him to share stories about his Meemaw and BoBo.
Last week, two of our grandchildren came over to help put up the Christmas village which was started by my mother-in-law.
As they unwrapped the people and animals, Mr.B set up the buildings. I was in the kitchen and suddenly heard all three singing carols while they worked.
Talk about a joyous moment and memory for those children…and us!
I smile each year now that I know two of my adult children have started villages of there own!
KEEPING MY OWN TRADITIONS
I have told the audience before that my love of snowmen began with this guy 36 years ago in Fredericksburg, TX….a hill country town I love.
The snowman collection grew from there and now there are so many I no longer put them all out….except I occasionally catch Mr. B setting out the ones left behind!
This is the first year all six grandchildren have a stocking with their names to be filled with goodies on Christmas Eve. These memories will hopefully carry us joyfully into a new year, and I hope to continue this as long as they want me to. My three children received a stocking until they began to have families of their own.
For now, we are all able to be together on Christmas morning to open gifts and share brunch…I understand this tradition could change at any moment as they do have other families now, but every year, I sit back and take it all in. I always insist that we go slow and open every gift one at a time…so I can watch the faces when they do. We have another tradition called the Christmas clap which happens after each gift is opened…to share joy with the gift recipient.
NEVER TOO LATE
Another tradition unrelated to holidays is for me to climb in bed or a big chair with my grandsons to play Spiderman games… I am a great appreciator of Super Heroes!
Just remember….It is never too late to build family traditions and start new ones. Do not hold back because your grandchildren are older, begin those traditions this year and hold fast to them. They may not say it, but they will appreciate it.
Grandparents are the keepers of traditions and family stories. Don’t drop the baton.
Would anyone else like to share your family traditions with grandchildren? Please do….and make it a memory that their grandmothers would…
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By Pamela Lutrell