One of my friends was talking with me about traditions, and it made me think. Being Southern or otherwise we all have them. Maybe it's because I grew up with holidays steeped in them, but they do seem to make holidays so much richer and enjoyable. Wouldn't you agree? No matter how big or small, it's the rituals we hold dear to us that make our celebrations special.
My childhood was one magical season after the other, and because of that, I made a promise to myself that as a parent I would create similar moments for my own children. So far, so good. We love to celebrate. There is no holiday too big or too small: we embrace them all. The day after Thanksgiving we enter into the Christmas season with great excitement. There is something electric in the air when the tree is pulled out. Due to allergies it's an artificial one, but we love it. Pre-lit, easy management, no pine-needles or water to worry about...it's pretty nice. And each year as we begin to decorate, I follow my mother around as she places ribbon here, glittery branches there. The end result~with everyone's involvement~is a beautiful symbol of the season that positively glows! Enjoy pictures from this year's tree trimming and Happy Christmas to you all!
These two are snug as little bugs by the glow of our tree. They love participating in our yearly tradition, and are anticipating one of the others I'm working on as I type: the making of the hot-buttered rum. I'll be back next week with this creamy and delicious wintry treat. But before that, I'll share my tips and tricks for decorating the tree on a budget. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, all.