Well folks, we’ve just rounded the first corner of the holiday racetrack. That would be Halloween you see in the rearview mirror, and Thanksgiving through the windshield.
Children enjoy the traditions of this season differently than adults. After all, gifts and food must be at the top of their anticipated benefits. Parents and grandparents enjoy from the perspective of it being “more blessed to give than receive.” We get to see it all through their eyes and enjoy it as if we were young again - except for the cleanup.
The most enjoyable cleanup would be the day after Thanksgiving with turkey sandwiches and a side of candied yams. Of course, by the third day that loses its novelty.
When I was a child we had what seems to me now to be an unusual Christmas practice - fireworks. I’m not sure how that got started, but my dad would become a kid again in setting up displays and cautioning us to “watch out, this is a big one.” Then we would open one present from “Santa” on Christmas Eve, with a few more in the morning.
What experience from your childhood holidays have you continued as a tradition?
Are there any that seemed normal at the time, but just a bit odd to you now?
Take these times to remember your traditions and make new memories as you round the turns of the holiday racetrack.
I join you in anticipating the season ahead.