This week the theme for Living Lovely with family is Yearly Traditions.
Most of our Yearly Traditions have to do with holidays and seasonal activities.
- Every year for Easter we decorate easter eggs (and every year somebody seems to spill some of the dye...though that is a different person each year!). The kids always take the stickers that come in the dye box, and stick the on the doorknobs. I'm not sure why...but they do it every single year! We also have a set of Resurrection eggs that we hide and find every year. We then go through each egg and read the scripture...and try to focus on the real meaning of Easter.
- As I mentioned last week, we try to carve a pumpkin together each fall...and of course we have to roast the seeds and snack on them! We also always are sure to take some time to play in the leaves as we are raking them (this is always a great photo op).
- We always decorate for Christmas all together as a family. We have hot chocolate by the glow of the tree lights after we are all finished.
- We have several Christmas traditions. First on our Christmas Eve (we are always out of town on Christmas, so we just pick a day in the week before Christmas to have Christmas on) we drive around looking at Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate. Then we come back and watch The Nativity Story. This is a wonderful movie...and it really helps us to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. On our Christmas morning we eat breakfast Casserole and Cinnamon rolls. Then we read the Christmas story from Luke. After that the kids search the tree for the Christmas Pickle. Whoever finds it gets to open a present labeled To: The World...From: God. The present contains Jesus from our nativity set...and the one who finds it gets to place it in the manger. We always eat the same lunch and supper, and play games in the afternoon. We end the day with a movie.
That's all I can think of right now. Maybe I need to be more mindful to come up with some traditions spread throughout the year!
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