Christmas is often tied to traditions. We all want to taste the recipes we grew up with and do the activities that warm our hearts year after year, but life brings change and no matter how hard we try to hold onto to the past, time never lets things be exactly the same. Though I embrace the wonders of change and the new fun that it offers, at Christmas time especially I still crave the memories that lie in tradition. I believe in their value, of teaching the ways, and telling stories of long ago.
I want to remember and somehow include the past in my present. If I can point to something tangible and be reminded then I feel connected to once was, as the person I am today.
There are many ways to include the past in the present. A family, hand-written recipe card added to your décor might remind you of the time you made that sweet treat with someone you love, how it smelt, tasted, how you felt as you recreate it this holiday season… That’s the amazing thing about memories; they are unique and without boundaries.
Children grow up fast and because Christmas happens year after year it’s easy for parents to look back and see just how much their little ones have changed. I love this idea of framing yearly pictures with Santa and building a collage. Every picture welcomes many memories and stories of how the kids were at each age; leading up to the amazing people they are today.
Christmas cards have become part of our holiday tradition. As a family we decide what photo we will use or will take and then together we create our cards. Having them run up a staircase or framed through the house is such a great way to look back and see how your family has grown, where you were and what was important to you then and now.
Family present and past are firmly knit into holiday traditions. It’s funny how you can look at something and be reminded instantly of a certain someone. That special Christmas ornament that has been passed down might be too fragile for the tree but loaded with meaning and memories of a person you cherish.
For some strange reason I remember my grandmother’s Christmas outfits. She just had a way about her that I’ll never forget. If you have a similar connection try framing that special something they always wore and display it around the holidays.
We can’t relive the past but we can enjoy the memories that have come from it. We can understand that the future holds many magical things and can be enhanced by the connections we have to our yesterdays. So I cherish them and hold traditions near and dear through the holidays.
Wishing you a very merry season!