Prompt 4 is…. (if you’re thinking, “Wait! I missed prompt 3!” no worries, so did I. A picture of “Whimsical Holiday Decor.” I don’t even know what that means. Skippin’ it.)
Prompt 4: What is one tradition you plan to pass on to future generations of your family and friends?
Kind of a loaded question for a childless-almost-forty-year-old. I don’t know how you pass on a tradition without kids. I guess I hope my sister passes on our family’s traditions to her kids. Or maybe I just hope they include us in the new traditions they create for themselves. That would be good, too.
As for traditions I enjoy…
I like a real tree. I like the smell and the feel of a real tree. I like the imperfection of a real tree. I like the responsibility and the struggle of a real tree. I like the memory of my dad tagging a tree ahead of time and cutting it down himself. I like the memory of unveiling said tree when it was ready to bring in and set it up.
The actual decorating of the tree is actually not my fave. If I could just come home one day and a real tree would be set up and completely decorated, I’d be a very happy girl. Probably has something to do with bucking against the extremely precise way we decorated growing up:
- Ginzo picks 5 Christmas CDs to be played IN ORDER. No shuffle. No way.
- Lights go on the tree
- Kate and Ginzo check for duplicate colors too close together and switch them (not kidding)
- Ginzo hands us our ornaments one at a time. Hanging them has it’s own rules:
- Small ornaments up top and larger ones down low
- Each turn (one by one) goes on in order: Front, side, back, side, repeat.
- You do not put two ornaments in a row in the front.
- You do not skip the back of the tree.
- You hang Ginzo’s for her because she is conducting this orchestra of decoration, BUT her ornaments follow the same pattern – no skipping.
- You ask dad to find a branch strong enough for your porcelain bear ornament and he inevitably skips the front/side/back/side order and is reminded it is not optional.
- Garland on
- Star placed
(Ginzo is either laughing at the precision of this description or bitter that I don’t love it the way she does 😉
Yeah – I’m cool with decorating a little more willy-nilly than that. Or making Caleb and Sam do it for me 🙂
Christmas dinner is a fave.
Christmas music is a fave.
Not sure what I’ll pass on or to whom, but there are definitely some traditions that I really love that I hope continue. Fingers crossed.