|Magical tree lights!|
Last night we took Annika to the Zilker Tree Lighting (an Austin park) where we ate, watched the lights get turned on and danced to Christmas carols. As we walked back to the car I said to Toyin, “You know, this could very well be one of Annika’s first special memories.” It felt a little strange to be on the giving end of making memories and potential traditions.
Growing up, my family didn’t have many traditions. We celebrated Christmas and did all the regular activities. I vaguely remember varied trips around town to look at lights, occasional caroling with church groups, stuff like that, but there wasn’t really anything we did every single year, well other than the obvious stuff like tree decorating, opening gifts and such.
I’m not really sure how important traditions are to me. I like the idea of giving Annika a special memory that changes slightly every year, but basically remains the same.
The tree lighting was fun, but it doesn’t feel like a family tradition type of thing. After we left, I drove Annika downtown to show her the tree at the state capitol. We enjoyed that too, but she didn’t distinguish that tree from all the other random street trees with lights that dotted the streets as we drove. They were all exciting to her.
We sang a Christmas carol all the way there. I taught her Jingle Bells, and every time I tried to sing a different Christmas carol, she said excitedly, “Let’s sing the Jingle Bell Bell again!”
This year we also bought some little wooden ornaments and painted them. She really had fun with that. And I like the idea of making at least some of our ornaments every year. I’m not a very crafty person, but it seems like something I could get into once a year.
It still doesn’t feel like enough though. I feel like I need more ideas for tradition and memory making.
What are some of your favorite family traditions/memories for this time of year?
|The Zilker Tree in Austin, Tx|