Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Starting a new tradition

Hiya Luv! I missed you so! 
I guest blogged over at A Hasty Life yesterday and had such fun. 
In case you didn't get a chance to visit me over there, I wanted to share my post with you.

I hope that you are enjoying these chilly cold December nights as much as I am-particularly the evenings snuggled up with some hot cocoa on the couch with my Polo!
I have such fond memories growing up of spending holiday evenings playing games and drinking hot cocoa by the fire with my siblings, grandparents, and parents. These game nights became a family tradition and is still an event that everyone of all ages looks forward to each year. 

What is your favorite holiday memory?
Do you have a special tradition that you just love? 

As you know traditions vary by family and they all have their own special twist. 
I did some research and found the most popular traditions to be as follows:
Christmas Tree, Christmas Cards, Yule Log [who has that these days?], mistletoe and holly, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

I was looking for something deeper-more personal perhaps

I started to think about all of the Christmas's past and the variations of holiday dinners that I have been to. A few things were common throughout-food, drink, friendship, laughter. 
One thing really stood out-kindness towards others.

During the holidays, we give like no other.
Some families have even started a new tradition to include giving in all they do for the holiday season.
Here is an example.

Have a dinner party and incorporate community service into the party. 
Dave and are planning to have a party with some close friends. We are sending invitations along with a small paper bag and this flyer to help a great organization called the Pajama Program. We are asking for friends to donate a pair of children's pajamas or a children's book and to bring it to the party with them in the provided brown bag. All pajamas and/or books will be given to our local Pajama Program Chapter and donated to a local orphanage. 

{one of my favorite books!}

We are hopeful about the possibility to make a small difference in the life of a child who may be bounced from foster home to shelter, etc. 

Do you plan to start a new tradition this year?

17 thoughts:

Collette Osuna said...

HI Hunnie....cute post.....you have me thinking I need to start something new with my kiddos this year....thanks....and have fun on that train this morning..its a balmy EIGHT degrees here this morning...yikes!!!!

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Cassie said...

What an awesome idea, Gina! I LOVE the idea of doing that! We are not having a party this year, because we are traveling, but I will definitely keep this in mind for future parties :D

Jenny86753oh9 said...

What a great idea for a party! I love it. I do it all the time for Junior League, work, etc but it never occurred to me to do it personally.

Thanks, Gina!

Michelle-esque said...

I love this post! I know something that I haven't done that you mentioned: Reading Where the Wild Things Are. *Insert gasps here* I can't believe it, either! Thank you for sharing this post!

I think I will come up with a list of things to do this year once my examinations are over this week. :)

Kara said...

Such a great idea Gina!! Love it!

I love all of our traditions...but a tradition we started this year is the advent calender with fun activities to do as a family rather than small gifts everyday. :)

Kara said...

Such a great idea Gina!! Love it!

I love all of our traditions...but a tradition we started this year is the advent calender with fun activities to do as a family rather than small gifts everyday. :)

Mama Pea said...

Yule log - LOL :) Last year, we discovered the "yule log" on TV: it's a local station that just shows a fireplace and plays Christmas music (with no commercials or interruptions!) for a few hours on Christmas morning. It's nice while opening gifts and having breakfast on Christmas morning. Of course, nothing beats a real fireplace, but if you don't have one, it's pretty cool :) Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Log_%28TV_program%29

Krystal said...

candy land was SO my favorite game as a little girl. What fun memories :)

la petite coquine said...

I so loved this post. I'm still amazed that people play the Yule Log-my parents always made sure we had a real fire in our little Franklin stove!

Jen said...

Chilly nights indeed! It's only 5 degrees here right now!

No new traditions that I'm starting... I love all the ones we currently have! ;-)

First time to your blog... I'm lovin' it!!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Super cute post! Love learning more about you!

We make Christmas cookies every Christmas Eve and then deliver them over to a local assisted living facility.

Em said...

Candyland was one of my favs growing up. Of course, I didn't really care about winning - I just wanted to make it to the princess spot. She was the coolest.

My favorite traditions are going to the candlelight service at my church every year (and now I play every year!) and my mom's coffee cake on Christmas morning (that she only makes on Thanskgiving and Christmas so it's even more special...) :)

WendyB said...

I used to love Candyland!

minkandcappuccino said...

great photos


Lonnie said...

A favorite tradition of mine from when I was a child was eating posole (a mexican soup made from hominy [posole] corn, pork, and red chiles) for breakfast on Christmas morning. It was always after opening Santa's gifts. I have great memories of sitting around the table on Christmas morning, with a steaming bowl of posole. :)

Watkins35 said...

what a great idea gina :) hope it goes well.

Christmas memories would be going to Church for midnight mass (sooo magical) and when at school I was always chosen to read at the Carol Service, magical again. My brother & I would wake each other up Christmas morning, open our stockings in parents bedroom, then go downstairs and open pressies, before going to Church, then off to my Nan's for Christmas lunch & tea (which was always amazingly lovely & old-fashioned) - I'm getting nostalgic just thinking about it :) x

Oh, My Darling said...

Aw, this post is so very heartwarming!!!

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