We try to keep traditions going in the family, it's a great way for everyone to remember holidays and other family gatherings.Â You may not even really like some traditions, but you know you can count on it.
Growing up in my house we knew as long as we believed in Santa he brought you Christmas presents...I believed for a LONG time.Â (In a way I still believe, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus).Â My girls are the same way, they are 12 and 14 and they even help to make Santa real since currently times are tough.Â They would rather say the gift is from Santa than lay claim themselves.
I remember 11pm candle light church service on Christmas Eve.Â I can still not play "Silent Night" without any mistakes.Â It was the first piece I played on the piano for church, and I froze.Â But it all worked out, our church organist pointed out each key and I made it through.
Easter was another fun one.Â Waking up for Sunrise service.Â Breakfast afterwards cooked by the men of the church.Â Going in the kitchen for Pastor to make a pancake shaped like your initial, making sure I got my father's eggs.Â My mom would go home first to hide the eggs.Â Even when we were still in high school she would do that for us, we insisted after all.Â It isn't Easter without an egg hunt.
I am trying to promote many of the same traditions for my girls.Â Our church does not do an 11pm service Christmas Eve or a Sunrise service on Easter but we go to church those days and both my girls are very active in those services.Â Santa finds his way here every Christmas and the Easter Bunny has gotten very good at hiding those eggs.Â Though, this Easter my eldest will be away with her band.Â When I told her it was over Easter she said she will have to get some friends together and bring some plastic eggs to hide in their hotel rooms.Â They may think she's insane, but they willÂ have a lot of fun if they do it.
We added Resurrection Eggs to our Easter traditions.Â After dinner we open them up and walk through the story of Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, trial, death, and resurrection.Â Depending on how many people are over for dinner depends on how many eggs everyone gets to open.
I hope my girls enjoy their family traditions and keep some of them going. :)