Over the past year I have started to except the idea of starting a family of our own. (calm down... we are on the 3-5 year plan), but one of the main reasons that I am so excited for children is to begin family traditions.
This was brought to my attention this Hallowen season when B and I hosted a pumpkin carving party at the house. 6 years ago when I met my husband I convinced him and his roommate that carving pumpkins at Halloween was essential to the season.... "What do you mean you don't carve pumpkins??!!" So, that year and every year after we have carved pumpkins together.
My husband and his family do not have many traditions. In fact, they have 1... Christmas Eve. At first when I tried to come in and make changes to this, I could not understand how his family was so offended and hurt, but now, I get it.... that is their one tradition together as a family.
My family, as disfunctional as we were, had many traditions! I have so many memories with my siblings for each and every holiday and birthday. It makes me sad to hear my husband say, "we didn't really do halloween" or " we always left town for thanksgiving and did not have the big meal"... those are the things that I treasure the most about my child hood.
With all of this said, it leads me back to the desire to start traditions with my family... for now, it is just me and B, but we are having fun making our own traditions and mixing them into what we knew from childhood.
What are some of your favorite family traditions?