This is the view outside the bay window in my living room. . . .
The creche is in our woods. We will gather as a family around the creche Christmas night to sing Away in the Manger and Joy to the World before everyone leaves for their own homes. Today our youngest son came home to help us cut down our tree and decorate it. We've cut our own tree every year since our first Christmas together in 1969. We have other traditions we've continued through the years. I got the idea of the creche in the woods from reading about Tasha Tudor's traditions. I wrote about her Christmas traditions HERE.
Traditions help us keep a tie to the past, but they should not keep us tied to our past. The tradition I continued from my childhood with my own children was to open our gifts on Christmas Eve and have Santa's presents waiting for them when they got up Christmas morning. When my children were older we started the tradition of having fondue Christmas Eve. Now that they're grown we still have fondue for whoever can join us but we open gifts whenever we can work it out with everyone's schedule since two of our three sons have in-laws now vying for their time.
So I've been thinking about what I'd like to change about the way we celebrate Christmas now that we are empty nesters. Next Christmas we'll have three grandchildren in our family. I'm sure there will come a time when our sons will want to stay in their own homes to celebrate with their children as they get older. I'm wondering what our Christmas will look like then. I'd like to start a new tradition for our grandchildren that involves them coming here to make cookies. I think today, St. Nicolas Day, would be a great day to do it.
What about you? Do you have traditions you have carried on from your childhood? If you have children who have flown the coop, what traditions have you been able to continue? Have you started new traditions for grandchildren or just for yourself and your spouse? I'd love to hear your ideas.
This is the view inside my living room tonight. . . .
Chris W. from Texas has just shared a photo, at my request, of the Christmas Village her parents made years ago. It has been in storage for 15 years, Chris said, but she and her 92-year-old helped set it up this year at Chris's son's house for the grandkids. . . .
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If anyone else has a photo to share of some tradition they've maintained or revived from the past, please send it to me and I'll add it to this post.
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