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Traditions, what are some of your favorite family traditions? What are some traditions you want to begin?
Before I begin with today's post, I must clarify something from yesterdays. No, I do not hang a real piece of cheese on the tree. The ornament is made out of foam similiar to the cheeseheads you may have seen people wearing at Packer games. I love cheese, but I would not want a stinky, moldy piece hanging in the house. Plus we have a cat. A real one would last all of five minutes up there before the tree would come crashing down. Now that we cleared that up (you guys had me cracking up) let's go on to today's post.
We have lots of the common traditions: trimming the tree, hanging up stockings, going to church on Christmas Eve and then driving around neighborhoods looking at lights, playing hid the pickle (OK, maybe this one isn't so common).
One of our new traditions, and a personal favorite, was started just three years ago. After Thanksgiving, we volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child processing center. Unfortunately, Morgan is still too young to volunteer at the center (she still participates in creating shoeboxes), but my parents come all the way out from Wisconsin to help. You feel like a real-life elf when you are surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of brightly wrapped shoeboxes filled with toys that will go to less fortunately kids around the world.
There is a Thanksgiving tradition that I would like to start. I saw it in one of my parenting magazines. You make a cute turkey out of yarn wrapped around Styrofoam balls and colored construction paper for the tail feathers. Each family member takes a feather and writes something they are thankful for, then the tail goes onto the turkey. Each year you add more and more feathers so your turkey gets fuller and fuller of thanks. I think this would make a great family tradition. Now if only I could get myself down to Michael's to buy the materials.