Friday, December 5, 2014

Figuring out our Holiday Traditions

So I was asked to be a part of a Christmas Traditions Blog Tour by Rachel with Like A Saturday. She has a wonderful line up with people from all walks of life sharing all kinds of awesome traditions. If you are following along with the tour then you must have just come over from visiting with Colleen at Lemon Thistle where she is sharing her Deck the Halls tradition.  I don't have any traditions involving a pickle like Colleen so this may not be as interesting :) But I'm trying to keep the pace up!

When Rachel asked me to be a part of this tour I was all like "heck yeah my family has so many great traditions this will be so fun and easy!". Then I got the email that my link and photos were due and I had zero idea what I was doing anymore... So I sat down to plan out this post and was like "shoot, we don't have any traditions anymore...."

Now before y'all go and think this is gonna be some sappy sad song post, it's not! 

My family is going through transitions where everyone is growing up but we haven't been grown up long enough to have "families" of our own. So we are all kinda in that weird phase where we don't believe in Santa anymore but we don't have any one to pretend to be Santa for either... It is sad not to believe in Santa or to not have a big hoopla over the holidays with all kinds of traditions. BUT my family has had some of our best and most memorable Christmases in the past two years, and so I think this transition and time of change is really beautiful and I'm not gonna try and force a tradition to make it "feel" like the Holidays. I would rather be stuck in this odd phase where everyone is clueless but enjoying one another :) 

So to all you "new grown ups" that feel lost at the holidays and trying to "choose" a tradition, or all you moms that feel like you need a tradition for your family this year. Chill. Enjoy the season, both Christmas and this time in life in general. Let this year be a time where you all get together and sit around your fire clueless and see what comes of it! Last year we did that and ended up having the biggest Nerf gun war in the history of ever probably. It was epic!! And yes the children involved ranged from age 26-17 plus my grandma got in on some action :) We all had soar cheeks from laughing and mom is still finding "bullets" around the house.

This year we wont all be together for Christmas so sadly our Nerf war can't be a "tradition" but I think the traditions aren't what matter it's the memories you are making from the tradition. So if something doesn't go as planned, or you don't even know how to start just enjoy the time and make some memories with your family. Who knows maybe your own totally unique tradition will bloom on its own :)

Here is a total list of everyone involved! You can head back to the first blog and start all over if you like :) This all started with Like A Saturday and is ending with me! So get caught up fast!!  Visit the Christmas Traditions Blog Tour for a list of each blogger and their links! 
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  1. So true! Thanks for sharing. :-)


    1. Sarah, I loved being on this tour and seeing everyones ideas behind tradition. I felt like mine was a bit out of place but maybe it was a good one to end on and remind everyone why the traditions we just read about are so important! Thanks for coming by and I'm so glad Rachel put us together :)

  2. Yes! The whole purpose of traditions is to make memories. That's so important to remember as life transitions come your way and things change. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Raachhelll! This was such a beautiful idea for a tour! I think it helped everyone involved remember that its more than just pretty decorations. As bloggers we tend to forget that! So THANK YOU for hosting!!

  3. i loved this! some of our best christmases were when my brother and i were single, but old enough to drink wine with our parents, and we could just go to church, then come home and relax and have a great dinner and wine and tell stories. now it's so fun because we do have kids, but at the same time it's rushed. enjoy the time you have.

  4. I feel this so hard. I know what you mean about the whole weird "transition" phase because that is exactly what my family is in now. But I love what you mean about just making memories and just enjoying what comes of everything :]


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