Making Traditions

Surprise picture while we wait for all 25-ish of us to pose for a picture Christmas morning at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is making memories. Whether it’s with friends or family, traditions help memories stay alive and give us something to look forward to.

One year, I couldn’t figure out what to give my sister for Christmas. After asking her and getting no help whatsoever, I decided that we would make a memory together instead.

Instead of a simple gift, I decided it would be fun to dress up for Christmas morning in 80s outfits. I grabbed a couple cheap sweatshirts from Wal-Mart, puffy paint, some huge ugly earrings, and scissors and got to work.

Christmas Eve morning (our family celebrates at my parents’ on Christmas Eve), I pulled her aside and showed her the outfits I put together with outrageous colors and bling and we put on horrible eyeshadows together. We had a blast.

I can’t remember many of the gifts I’ve been given over Christmas (outside the Dyson vacuum that I’d really wanted and never thought I’d get because it cost so much!). Most of the time, people feel the need to find something and grab something they think you’ll enjoy, but it’s just a thing to me.

Obviously, if you’re reading to this point, you’ll realize that gifts are not one of my love languages. I love giving gifts. I love trying to think of what people would really enjoy.

However, my biggest love language, the way I feel most connected to people, is quality time. Really, in my mind, quality time is necessary for any of the other love languages to come in to play.

We just had our first baby. She’s adorable and I’m excited for her to learn new traditions, get excited baking things with us, going sledding, caroling, and see the glow on her face as she looks at the tree.

I’m not excited about the commercial aspect. About fighting the urge for more. About learning that what we already have is enough. I want her to learn thankfulness. Contentment. The art of seeing people and giving any time of the year. That being thankful for Jesus coming to Earth is a big deal all year, not just at Christmas. That giving to the needy should happen all year.

I loved the post my sister-in-law made on a blog. If you want to read it, it’s here.

I love the idea of coming up with traditions for the family. As Aaron and I talked about traditions we want for our family, the conversation about what kind of gifts we want to give our kids came up. We’ve decided to give 3 gifts to each kid every year. They fall into these 3 categories: Something they need, something they want, and a book.

There are so many other traditions, and we’re trying to figure out how to focus on the important things during the holidays. It’s a challenge and I know the challenge will get bigger and she grows up being showered with lots of things over holidays and birthdays.

My prayer is that she grows up with the mindset of a giver. Someone who always looks for ways to give and serve others. Who views others as people instead of a vending machine. Edra-Jean means ‘Powerful gift from God.’ My prayer is that’s who she becomes.

A side note: 

All of my pottery and ceramics classes are aimed at making memories together. My hope is that people focus on the ‘together’ aspect of making. That their love for art grows around the people they’re with. If you’re interested in any classes, click the ‘Schedule’ tab at the top of the page. Thanks for reading!

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