Thursday, December 12, 2013

'Tis The Season...

I'm not fond of the cold, but I love this time of year. The holidays...being
gifts...Christmas lights...the music...the movies. And when it's all done, I love falling into the new year, looking back over the last one, enjoying that moment when time stands still, then looking forward to where I might go from there.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is one I learned years and years ago from another nurse, while working nights in the labor and delivery department of a local hospital. She taught us how to make a box (lid and bottom) out of a Christmas card. Big, red cards seem to be the most eye catching, or cards with gold or silver embossing. Once you've made the box, thread the lid with colorful yarn or ribbon so you can hang it on the tree. Make one for each family member. When Christmas day is done, and before you take down the tree, have each person write their favorite thing about the holidays that year on a scrap of paper. Fold the note and put it in their box. Then pack the boxes away with your ornaments. As the years pass you'll collect the memories inside the box. It's fun, and a bit nostalgic to read them before hanging the box once again on the tree.

What's your favorite Christmas tradition?


Paty Jager said...

My favorite tradition is making Gingerbread people who look like family members and putting them on the tree.

Your tradition is a wonderful reflection on life.

Anonymous said...

Love this idea, Susan. The difficulty is we don't get many cards these days. Last year we started the email card and letter tradition to cut down on paper and postage use.

Paty, I like your tradition too. I saw a pic you posted on a blog. Very creative.

Our tradition is the exchanging of home made gifts. It's been done since I was a child. The idea came about because my parents couldn't afford to buy gifts, and my mother is a master knitter and crocheter. But it has continued to this day and I love it.

Susan said...

Those are both really cool traditions. This year the daughter-in-law suggested drawing names and doing a Secret Santa exchange. I love it! It's making this holiday season very interesting :D

Christine Young said...

My husband's parents were very German and they had a tiny green pickle ornament they would hang on the tree. Christmas morning everyone would search for the pickle. The one who saw it first would win the pickle present (usually chocolate). We have carried on the tradition and its the first thing we do in the morning before opening presents.

Susan said...

Christine, that sounds like so much fun!