Secret #5 for a Perfect Christmas

Remember that on the 25th of each month we will be revealing one of our secrets for the perfect Christmas in 2012.  Today we share secret #5- Tradition, no matter how silly or bothersome, is key.

Traditions really are what make the holidays special for most families.  We have discussed all kinds of traditions here at the Yule Log.  Family outings, church visits, decorations, songs, food, and more.  The family happenings, even the seemingly strange or annoying ones, make the holiday special.  When we look back later in life, it is the quirky and unique actions of that family past that come to mind and fill us with nostalgia.  I can remember from my teen years being annoyed to do some of our family events involving cousins, food, and travel.  I would absolutely love to be able to have those times again.  Another great family “tradition” we had was to deliver dinner to a great-great aunt who was in her 90s.  It was a right of passage to give this task to the next set of cousins.  When it was your years, you complained and argued about having to do it.  Now when we gather as an extended family, memories of those dinner trips are always part of the happy trips down memory lane.  Think of your own family and an annoying holiday tradition you have.  Everyone thought of something.  More likely than not, that same silly tradition will be a source of happy thoughts of the past in later life.  What silly but at the same time special traditions do you share with your family?  Please let us know!