I wasn’t sure if we had any real traditions at this time of the year until I got thinking…
I do enjoy Christmas, the holiday season and the summer weather but until I stopped to think about, I wasn’t sure if we had any real ridgy-didge family traditions.
Here are my top 5 family traditions
1. An Awkward Portrait
I would like to say having an Awkward Photo was a tradition but it was a one-off and it was for my birthday in actual fact – go figure! We don’t do ugly Christmas jumpers here in Australia so this photo shoot was a fun way to pretend it was cold and snowy outside when in fact it was sunny and boiling hot. I still laugh every time I see this photo, it’s one of my all time favourite shots.
2. Santa photos and Christmas Dresses
In the old days I used to make all my daughters’ clothes and every year I’d make them a special Christmas dress for our parties, Santa photos and Christmas Day. A few years ago, one of my daughters secretly made Christmas dresses for her sisters and they had a fun photo shoot recreating their younger days. They then surprised me on Christmas Day wearing their dresses and presented me with the photos! It made me laugh so much 🙂
I used this photo for the Day 4 prompt on Instagram #25daycountdowntoahappychristmas – when our family gets together at Christmas we play lots of games. Kubb is one of them and this particular year my daughters and I won against ‘the boys’ – did you know we’re quite a competitive family? I just love the joy in our faces in this photo!
4. Gingerbread Houses
A few years ago we started a new tradition of making a Gingerbread House. It was a fundraiser for our local Interact Club and as a Rotarian I felt I should support the youth of our town. What I didn’t realise was how much fun it would be to create and decorate my very own house. And the joy it created in my family was well worth the effort. Here are the before and after shots 🙂
And this year we’re doing it all again. As we are host parents to Anna, our Hungarian Rotary Exchange Student, I have coerced her into being the main creator and decorator this year, so it will be fun to see her creation.
5. 11am toast to absent friends
But the main family tradition we have is to toast absent friends and family at 11am on Christmas morning. We all stop what we’re doing and take a moment to think of those we are missing. This year will be very hard as it will be our first Christmas without my father and my father-in-law, sadly we lost them both this year. My eldest daughter and her partner are unable to be with us from the UK, she had two unexpected flights home for funerals during the year, but also happily lots of visits from family, so they will definitely be in our thoughts.
Christmas for us, as you can probably see, is all about family and usually it’s lots of fun. It doesn’t always go according to plan but we try hard to make it work. This year will be extra fun as we have our new granddaughter to brighten our days – no pressure Emilia!
What’s your favourite tradition at this time of the year? Feel free to leave me a comment and share your favourite tradition.
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