I love Christmas.

I always have, but now that I have kids, I enjoy it even more.

As I get older, I’m beginning to realize just how important family traditions are.

Family traditions provided an event to look forward to that breaks up the monotony of our daily lives. They provide a reason to get loved ones together and a way to create valuable memories that you and your family will not appreciate until after they are gone.

I’m sending you this note this morning for two reasons.

First, to wish you and your family a merry Christmas.

Second, I want to hear about your family traditions, so I can get some new ideas to share with my family.

Here are some of the things my family looks forward to every year.

  • Halloween pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, and haunted house tour
  • Thanksgiving is pretty traditional
  • Friday after thanksgiving, hot chocolate and cut a fresh Christmas tree
  • Saturday, we put up the outdoor Christmas lights and decorations
  • Mid December, gingerbread houses, hot chocolate, and food
  • Christmas eve dinner and stockings
  • Christmas morning gifts and brunch
  • First snow, we drag out the snowboards and head for the mountains
  • Spring the snowboards go in the attic and the camping gear comes down
  • May we take the boat out and get it ready for the summer
  • 4th of July BBQ and fireworks at home

As I write this seemingly benign list, each item triggers very fond memories for me.

So, if you’re relaxing on the couch in a food coma, please take a second to share your family traditions in the comment section.

I’d love to hear what your family does.

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful day celebrating in whatever way is special to you.


P.S. Are you on my schedule yet for the new year?

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