For the past 12 years we have gone and cut our Christmas tree down. Some really good friends of our told us about their tradition and we decided to give it a try. And immediately it was a tradition for our kids. And continues to be one they will never let us get out of!
This year our Christmas tree hunt was mighty successful! We had 4 trees to cut down! And we managed to do it in less time than it has taken us to cut 1 down! Why? Because usually it's 7 of us trying to agree on which tree. This year everyone went and found their own tree! My daughter and her husband went looking for theirs. My son and his wife went looking for their own. My 16 year old son went looking for his 25 foot tree for his high school, so that left my husband and my son and his girlfriend looking for ours. Me, Grandma, was in the suburban with my grandson playing:) it was a perfect day!
We moved a couple of years ago and the house we are in now allows us a 12 foot tree. In our old home we would get a 18 foot tree. So we are used to big trees! But Ethan's huge school tree takes the cake! Since we had to get so many trees we brought a trailer, but had to leave it at the end of the canyon which meant we had to take all 4 trees on top of our suburban! That is the picture you see. Although it just looks like one huge tree there are 3 others nestled among the huge one! We could barely see out the windshield! It was a fantastic day. We even had time to pull the kids around on our boating tube behind the suburban! It was a beautiful day. Clear skies. No fights. Lots of happiness. And I believe I got the most beautiful tree yet that we have ever hunted for! Thanks Braxen and Halley!
I am a huge believer in creating your OWN family traditions. This is above and beyond any traditions you may already experience with your extended family. This is for your own family. Since my first child was born, my beautiful daughter, we started creating our own traditions around holidays. Sure we have invited grandparents and some cousins and a Aunt, but it's been our tradition. We also have other traditions that are only our family. Such as the tree hunt. This year we initiated Allie and Halley to this crazy adventure! They were such good sports!
I believe traditions create unity. Closeness. Bonding. And love. In a way that no other could replace. When you're children have something they look forward too, no matter the mayhem or the drama, they still seem to want to experience it again year after year. That tells you something doesn't it? No family is perfect. We have had many memorable moments cutting our tree down from a little cussing, to whining, to cutting themselves, to arguing over trees as well as almost sliding off the side of a cliff, cold feet and hungry stomachs! And even with those funny tales we now talk about they still seem to want to go back! But I think we have found the cure for all of that now as my family has grown and everyone jumps out in search of their own tree! Everyone is happy!!!
Traditions create a solid foundation for your family. And someday you're family will grow. As you welcome new members your children will share a solid foundation with them to start building their own traditions on. It's beautiful. I love it. I crave the craziness. I love the mayhem, and I adore my family. There isn't anything I want more than just being with my own family. Ourselves. I am so grateful to my children for choosing to want to be with us as well. It warms my heart. Now go out and start a family tradition of you're own. Be careful what you choose…...because the kids won't let you stop!
"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."