Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Traditions over the years

Many of our holiday traditions have evolved as we had kids, and as the children have grown. I used to spend hours assembling our tree, then putting on (and trying to "hide") the lights. Now, I drag the pre-lit tree from the garage, put it up in ten minutes and spend another half-hour trying to find all the little plugs to make sure the whole thing lights up. The older two swarm in when I'm done and have the whole thing decorated before my husband gets home from work!

We've gone from bows and store-bought ornaments to mostly unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures.

I'm thinking now of the evolution of the Christmas lists. (Maybe it's the writer in me?) It's amazing to see how we've gone from yelling that they want each and every thing advertised on tv, to drawing pictures, to making three page lists, to printing out web links to--this year.

My eleven-year-old's list is only one page but is divided into columns. This year, she has made a separate column for the items she wishes to receive in her stocking, as well as under the tree!

My eight-year-old has not made a list. He has worried aloud, many times, that he does not even know what he will do with coal when he gets it. (Although, when they wrote letters to Santa at school, his went like this: "Dear Santa, If you bring me an iPod Touch, I will give you cookies and fetchables for your reindeer.")

The two-year-old is not making a list, yet. He has discovered that there are PRESENTS under the tree! This makes sense, of course, as we are practicing singing "Happy Birthday to Jesus." I don't know if he has figured out how Santa fits in to all of this yet but he certainly knows who he is!

They have each picked out at least one present for each of their siblings already. They've carefully wrapped them and put them under the tree and keep giggling, wondering if the other will like what they've bought. I hope that tradition never changes.


jocelyn said...

Sounds like even though the traditions may change as they get older, they are still very excited about Christmas. I know my older one wrote 2 lists this year. The first one I gave him 2 legal size pages to do his list on(he writes big, so I thought that would be plenty). When he asked for more paper, and I told him no, that he had enough, he decided then to just write more things on those papers. So, you had words that then became unreadable because they were written so close together, he had words sideways, anywhere he could fit a letter he tried. Finally he had to write another list and I limited him to 10 things. I can't say he's not creative. Just to make sure things weren't left out, he wrote "all the bionicles", "all the lego sets", "all the action figures". Then my younger one, he just wants a candy cane. I hope that you all have a wonderful Holiday :)

jocelyn said...

On a side note, I saw in your Random books from your library German in the Yankee Fatherland: The Civil War Letters of Henry A. Kircher. Did you read that? Was it any good? Is this a person we should know? :)

LoryKC said...

I've read part of it. Some letters are better than others! ;)
Don't think so but it was worth having on my shelf and taking a look--maybe I'll be surprised as I go! ;)