Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Scribblings #140 - Tradition

Sunday Scribblings #140 -- Tradition

Do you come from a culture with a lot of traditions? Does your family have traditions that you love or that you would like to change? Do other cultures/families have traditions that fascinate you? Write something about tradition.

Here are a few Christmas traditions I had when my children were little:

1.) Santa's kiss - I always kept a cheap tube of bright red lipstick in my medicine cabinet. Every Christmas Eve - after the kids were asleep - I would coat my lips with red and then kiss each girl on the cheek. On Christmas morning, Mommy or Daddy would point out the Santa kiss and the girls would be so excited.

2.) Magic Reindeer Food - On Christmas Eve before bedtime, the girls would go into the front yard and sprinkle a trail of Magic Reindeer Food to attract the reindeer. The Magic Reindeer Food is simply rolled oats and white glitter mixed together. The glitter helps the reindeer see the lawn and the oats give them something to eat. Luckily for parents, the trail melts into the lawn with the first rain or snow.

3.) Presents from Santa - We always wrapped all the gifts from Santa and each girl had a different kind of wrapping paper. This way, we could hide presents all around the tree, but still know which girl got which present.

4.) Presents in the tree - This was a tradition in my hubby's family, so we adopted it for our own. We typically hide smaller packages up inside the tree branches. The girls enjoyed finding new presents throughout the tree. The problem is, I always seem to forget one present and we find it when we are taking the tree down. My family is always excited to see who will get the "forgotten" present every year.


I'm working on a post for current Christmas traditions, to be posted at a later date.

12 comments:

Alisa said...

Wonderful traditions and some really great ideas for my own family...thanks!

JAWilkinson said...

Some ingenious ways of integrating a bit of magic into Christmas. Love the idea of the reindeer food. I'm taking notes.

Natalie said...

I have read other places about the reindeer food idea and I am so doing that this year!

Elspeth said...

Sounds like fun. Are there new traditions now that 'the girls' are grown?

Elspeth said...

P.S. I especially liked Santa's lipstick. An amusing thought (Santa wearing it).

"Sunshine" said...

These are really cute traditions! (and this compliment coming from the girl who isn't generally a fan of traditions)

Bobbi said...

Elspeth - I'm working on a post for new traditions with my grown daughters. I should have it posted next week!

Blondie said...

Wonderful! I especially like the Santa kisses and the smaller packages hidden in the tree! We added reindeer food to our Christmas Eve traditions a couple of years ago--we also leave carrots and apples by the cookie plate for Santa to take out to the reindeer--I would put chunks of apple and carrots in the driveway as "proof"!

*~sis~* said...

what fun traditions (and nice to read some positive ones as well)....reindeer food is SO much fun! and the lost present in the tree...:)

Patois said...

What very lovely traditions. I'm sure the girls will keep them alive for the next generation.

Oh said...

Love the traditions you share here. I don't think we're to old to adopt the reindeer food thing...and hey, we do the gift in the tree, too! I find perfect little Xmas gift boxes at Michael's for $1. Couldn't resist them and the fun will be tucking stuff in them.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Jeanie said...

These are glorious. I loved each and every one. (The reindeer food is magical and so is Santa's kiss!)

What a good mom you are --your kids will have tons of beautiful traditions!