Monday, November 15, 2010
One of my favorite things about the retreat I attended was talking about family traditions. I loved hearing how other families celebrate holidays, birthdays, special occasions. I came home with a few new ones I intend on implementing in my own family. Many people have a Thankful Tree in the month of November and I love that idea. I had every intention of coming home and making a tree and cute little leaves...and then 4 busy kids kept me from that. So my friend Suzanne who I met at the retreat just recently surprised me by sending a bunch of leaves. Thanks Sue!! Maybe next year I'll get to making the tree but for now we write what we're thankful for and tape them around the pantry so everyone can see them. I think on Thanksgiving we'll read them all. I love what they have written so far...Will wrote that he's thankful for family, God and the trees. Hannah wrote one about being thankful for puppies even though we don't have one. Stephen was thankful for the Himalayans and their invention of the neti pot..he's addicted to that thing. Don't ask. Anyway, it's such a great tradition to get kids to think about being grateful in their lives.
We have a tradition that we started in our family a few years ago on New Years Eve. Steve and I never go out that night. We love being home with the kids and I'm paranoid of driving around. I love being home with a fire, our traditional Chinese food and ice cream sundaes and some champagne. So that evening everyone writes down on a piece of paper something they'd like to forget about during the past year. We fold it up, don't show anyone and throw it in the fire. It's a great way to start a New Year.
I'd love to hear some of the traditions that others have!!
Found this over at Designmom it's hysterical. I want to give a gift that causes that!!