Filled with the Holiday Spirit this afternoon, we went on a quest for our Christmas tree. At the first detour for a holiday parade, we renewed our Holiday Spirit with a Christmas carol. When we reached the next detour for a holiday parade sending us even further from our destination, I began to think maybe today wasn’t a good day for our quest. Mentioning, “Maybe we should get the tree another day,” to my husband received a growl in response. He was now determined to complete the mission. We thought for sure at the third detour he would turn back. But, he only growled louder when we said, “Let’s go home.” Failure was not an option for my husband this afternoon. Finally reaching our destination, we were not feeling very jolly anymore. How do you keep your Holiday Spirit with all of the holiday activities sending you on detours?
Growing up I looked forward to Saturday morning all week-long. I couldn’t wait to pour a bowl of cereal and plant myself in front of the TV with my siblings for a morning of cartoons. Flash forward to this morning: my son woke me up to get him a bowl of cereal in front of the Xbox. He has several boys from school playing a rousing game of Ark Survival on a private server. They are all sitting in their own living rooms playing a video game together and chatting about school, Christmas and YouTube. Is this the end of Saturday morning cartoons?
Watching This is Us this week, I was intrigued by their family Thanksgiving traditions. As they showed me the way in which the traditions were formed, I began to think of my family and our traditions. Many of our traditions have changed over time as me and my siblings married into other families. We assimilated our traditions with the traditions of our new families. But, our most cherished tradition will always be our gratitude for our family. What are your family Thanksgiving traditions?