Traditions are rituals, usually small activities that are done each year to commemorate a holiday or another special event. Traditions are important, but it’s also important to know when it’s time to let traditions go or when they are truly important.
To my friends who have children, you kids remember the traditions you instill in them. I remember the Advent Calendar we did as kids during December even though I outgrew it. Part of me wants to do it again. I remember our fall camping trips. I remember getting a white cake with pink flowers for my birthday.
All of those traditions are gone now, but new traditions have emerged. Instead of white cake for my birthday, my husband makes sure I get something that is pumpkin. We celebrate Thanksgiving just the two of us and usually spend Christmas with my family.
Sometimes traditions are carried on from childhood but with their own twist, their own flair. For example, John grew up making bread the first cold weekend of the year. When we got married, we kept the tradition but it’s just the two of us. I love it! (The recipe for this fantastic bread, by the way, is here.)
This post is part of the 31 Days of Simple Joys blogging challenge. I’ve been writing a Simple Joy every day for the month of October. You can read the past entries on the previously shared link.