New Traditions

Saturday, December 22, 2012

One of the best parts about this Christmas has been the chance to create new traditions. When we got married, earlier this year, GH and I decided to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas apart from our families. At the time we didn’t know we would be living in an entirely new home, away from everything familiar and comforting; rather we made the decision based on the understanding that we’d only get one first Christmas together. Just us. No traveling or family obligations and we wanted to make the best of it. 

As much as I cherish the traditions of Christmases past, I have really enjoyed establishing our unique way of celebrating the season. One way we’ve done this is by creating a 12 Dates of Christmas countdown. The last Monday in November we each took six crafted cards and wrote down our ideas twelve simple dates to be completed throughout the month of December. We then shared our ideas with each other and posted them prominently in our living room. (I couldn’t help be amused that three of them contained a literary component: read a A Christmas Carol, write a Christmas-themed short story, and read a Christmas-themed short story*.)  Other outings included a gorgeous non-commercial light display, holiday baking, an evening at the temple, and decorating GH’s first live Christmas tree! Each date has been simple and inexpensive and I’ve noticed that what we've done hasn’t been nearly as important as just being together. Giving ourselves the space to create new memories of a Christmas that will always be our first.

*Listen to the short story I read here.

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