Christmas Traditions, Old and New

We are now just days away from Christmas, and I find myself reflecting on family Christmas’s of past.

From my sons putting up my Christmas lights on Thanksgiving weekend to baking my Grandma’s secret sugar cookies, memories flood my mind.

This holiday season is the first year in a long time where I am not working, and I have had the whole month of December to bake, decorate and shop.

But this year, well, this year we are breaking all of those traditions.

Old Christmas Traditions

If you come to my house right now, you will find there are no decorations up in the house. There is no aroma of fresh baked cookies and bread filling my house, and I will not be having a holiday dinner surrounded by my children and grandchildren.

This year is my off year. With grown kids, you learn to share them with in-laws for the holidays. You plan your big Christmas gatherings for the years when everyone will be home.

New Christmas Traditions

This year, my husband and I will be traveling to New York/New Jersey for Christmas to spend it with our daughter and son-in-law.

I’ve always wanted to go to New York for the holidays and this year is the perfect opportunity.

We aren’t big planners, but thankfully, my daughter has our days mapped out. We will be going to see The Lion King on Broadway; I will finally be able to see the Home Alone tree in Rockefeller Center and maybe I will even brave the subways a time or two.

“Memories are timeless treasures of the heart.” ~

We are breaking the usual holiday traditions we have held dear for 30 plus years, and begin a new tradition. On our off years, my husband and I have decided to go away for Christmas. And while I don’t know where we will go in two years, I do know adventures await us as we¬†hold old memories close to our heart and begin creating new memories.

 

And To All…

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.  Whether you are celebrating old traditions or you are creating new ones, my prayer for you is to be surrounded by the blessings of the season.

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