With the holiday season right around the corner, there is a lot of chit chat around the office about what everyone does for the holidays. It's really interesting to hear everyone's answers. Some are excited to be spending time with their families (some dreading it), others excited for their new family's first visit from Santa, and others deciding whether Santa will ever visit to their house or not.
For people my age, the question isn't really if Santa will come but it's what they will do for the holidays now that they don't live with their parents. Being in your early twenties and starting life after college really holds so many changes in life. All of this got me thinking that this is the first time RP and I have spent the holidays together in our own place, not as students (for some reason being a student changes everything- maybe it's that entire month off). It will be the first time we decorate and get a Christmas tree. It's an exciting time and hopefully the start of some new traditions.
Traditions are a big part of my family and our holiday celebrations. We have some pretty kooky ones like singing the hokey pokey around the tree on Christmas eve with our extended family and our close friends that might as well be family. Many of my family's traditions were kept on or brought to life by my little sister who is 10 years younger than me and 7 years younger than my brother. Things like reading the Twas the Night Before Christmas pop up book before bed on Christmas eve or getting a present on a siblings birthday for being "a good big sister" were a part of our family for a long time.
Right now I am at a point in my life where I will be embracing old traditions but also forming new traditions. It is strange to think about. Do traditions just happen spontaneously? Do you decide that you'll do something every year? I guess each person takes their favorite traditions or parts of them and carries them throughout their life. Traditions can change depending on who you are with or where you are and sometimes your friends traditions then become yours. In our own ways, we carry on these cherished memories while forming new ones.
What are your favorite traditions for the holidays or special occasions? Have you ever found yourself at a point where you were forming a new set of traditions?