What are some of the things ya'll do every year that make new, positive and lasting memories for your children?
Many years ago, when we were very poor, we couldn't afford Christmas Ornaments, so I had this bright Idea to bake cookies with hooks in them to decorate our tree. I had to fabulous Dutch Christmas Cookie Recipe, and hooks were cheap!
Our tree was so pretty with all those cookies. But our baby Marcus, found out that they ornaments tasted WONDERFUL. I caught him licking them, and then, I saw ANTS! Apparently the ants thought they tasted good too! I think we were the only family on the block that had an ant poison jar under our tree. LOL
Over the years, we kept up that tradition, and we do it to this day, 30 plus years later. We have always had assembly line cookie decorating day, and the cookies get put on the tree and then disappear with just hooks left. :) It really is fun, and I have wonderful memories of this practice.
It is something we all look forward to.
7 years ago, we started decorating Ginger Bread Houses. It is now a tradition. Our grand girls have always come over to help, and this year, sadly (sniff) they won't be here, as they moved to Albuquerque.... but I'm sure they will do their own, and we can share pictures. :)
This year I bought two sets because the grandsons will be here to decorate. I'm hope to have one for the girls and one for the boys. I can't wait to see them get all messy and see those little smiles. :)
Here is a post from last year's decorating.
We love to make our own ornaments and we add to the tree each year. For many years, most everything on our tree was home made. Now it is a combo of purchased ornaments and home made.
The girl's tradition has been to buy a new ornament from Hobby Lobby each year. They get to pick one. This has really, REALLY helped them in transitioning bad memories to good memories. It is funny how little things like this done repeatedly, reboot the brain and teach us different responses over time, replacing our traumatic memory with good memories. It does take time, but it happens!
I think keeping busy with planned activity is a good way to get through the season. We like to sing Christmas music and the girls as well as the boys love to put on skits. We have a big celebration at Church and this year we will all be participating.
We try not to emphasize too much in the gift department, although we do give gifts. We also like to do angel tree, or find a family in need and the children get to shoppe for that family. It really is enjoyable to see them give.
Cooking is a big deal....and trying out recipes make for great bonding time in the kitchen. This is something that is different with our girls. Our guys were great taste testers, but not that interested in Food Science. The girls however, love to cook. :)
I am really thrilled to see my girlies facing the Holiday season with excitement. It is catchy, ya know. :)
"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)