I am trying to instill some of these same traditions in my children while at the same time, coming up with some of our own. For the purposes of keeping a record here on my blog so that my children will be able to refer to them even after I'm gone, I'd like to share with you some of our "Widener Family Traditions":
The Where and When: Since none of my family live here in Florida, our holidays are pretty laid back. There is never a fight over which set of grandparents will get to spend time with the kids! We always have Christmas Eve dinner at Dan's parents house. As a tribute to my heritage, Dan's mom usually includes a crab casserole so that I can still feel connected to my childhood past. She is so kind and generous to do that for me. Unfortunately, you can't get Dungeness Crab here in Florida, so she makes it with Blue Crab which is native to where they are from...Virginia. Christmas Day is spent here at home with just myself, Dan and the kids. Occasionally, we will invite friends from Church to join us for dinner, but the morning is our own family time.
|Widener Christmas Tree 2009|
|Fabric Advent Wreath 2009|
|Advent Wreath 2010|
It's a Wonderful Life
The Bishop's Wife
The Bells of St. Mary's
One Magic Christmas
Christmas With the Kranks
The Santa Claus
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
A Christmas Story
The Polar Express
And many, many more!
***Some of these are not necessarily "child friendly"***
December 6, St. Nicholas Day: Our kids leave their shoes out on December 5th! St. Nicholas always brings them some chocolate coins, new Christmas pajamas and a holy card, rosary or other religious sacramental! We also make Dutch Spice Cookies and deliver them to friends. If you are looking for ways to celebrate St. Nicholas Day, please visit The St. Nicholas Center! You will find everything you need!
|St. Nicholas Day 2008|
The Elf on the Shelf: This is a tradition that we just started this year! If you don't know what it's about, here is a great place to start. We bought our elf on sale at BooksaMillion and we named him Clive! Clive will have a very busy job here at the Widener Household! Santa's in for an earful!
While some of these traditions are held to EVERY year, others come and go based on finances, time and energy. I try very hard not to become overwhelmed with "doing" too much. I'd rather just "be". The older I get, the faster the time goes and I want to enjoy the season instead of spending the whole time so busy that I wonder where December went.
As you journey through the season, stop, think, pray, take a breath, slow down....and enjoy!!