Today's Sharing Traditions post is the last of the 2014 series. I'm thankful I had the chance to host this series again this year and I hope you all enjoyed reading the stories my fellow bloggers shared with all of us this year. I hope you love reading this post written by Susanna of Hurray I'm a Mommy about making new traditions with a new family!
Christmas season creates tons of fun and memorable moments. It really becomes hard to pinpoint something that becomes a favorite but I’ve managed to think a particularly pleasant one.
Growing up, you rely on your parents or family members to provide the Christmas tree and decorations that go along with the thought of the season. As a child, you hardly question if there is enough money for one or who purchased it. All you know is that it’s there, you help set it up and that it adds to your Christmas cheer.
Oh, the times when I had no worries of bills needing to be paid or deadlines to be met. Those moments get lost and become simple memories. But not everything about “growing up” becomes a bit grim.
When I was at the age of 22, my parents purchased a home, which had beautiful high ceilings. I had always dreamed of having a huge Christmas tree, (just like in the movies). So, that year, I decided that I would be taking over the Christmas décor duties. It really was a turning point for my parents and myself. This created the realization that I no longer was the baby that needed them to provide for me financially and now, it was my turn to give back! This was a particularly important moment in my adult life. Because it began and nurtured the idea that although I could never repay my parents for all they have done for me, now, I could be able to make them a part of my adult success.
I purchased a 12-foot natural tree for them with a colorful array of ornaments. Though it was just a tree. This signified much more. It changed the relationship with my parents and although I will always be their baby, I could now relate to them as an adult. This Christmas tree was the start of them letting go and allowing me to foot the bill from time to time.
Now I am and 24, married and a mommy yet decorating duties are still my part of the Christmas tradition at my parents’ home. Though I do need help with actually getting the tree up, the rest is all up to me. This year, I had the lovely privilege of decorating the tree while my 4-month daughter watched me. She giggled and smiled as she sat in her rocker admiring the ornaments.
I am looking forward to the years to come, when she too can participate in trimming the tree and join in on this fairly new tradition. Who knows, maybe one day, she too will take over the Christmas tree duties.
I encourage everyone to continue old traditions as well as create new ones. Traditions that are tailored to your family, friends or just yourself make them that much more meaningful and important. Merry Christmas! -From my little family, to yours.