The holiday season if you are blessed is a time of joy. It is a time when families and friends gather. If you had a childhood where someone made the holidays special than you remember Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year with a sentimental longing.
Every holiday was special for me especially Thanksgiving and Christmas because my parents made it special. My mother cooked, cleaned, and decorated; she made the holidays magical. And my dad played his part, he helped my mother and made countless trips to the supermarket to get a forgotten item. Now, that I have become my mother and my husband has become my father. I cook, clean, and decorate the house in an attempt to replicate my childhood experiences. My husband helps me and makes countless trips to the supermarket.
At some point in a woman’s life the baton is passed to her to continue the holiday traditions. If you are lucky enough to be the one assigned to keep the traditions, consider it an honor and not a burden. Yes, it is a lot of work cleaning your house, and preparing food days in advance for a one-day event. But it is so worth it.
Before I moved to the Victorville area, I hosted Easter every year. I cannot tell how touched I was when my teenage niece told me she always loved my themed tablescape. That’s when I knew how important it is to give the kids in the family something beautiful to remember.
By continuing family traditions, we create wonderful memories. When we are no longer able to cook, clean, and create a beautiful theme décor hopefully we would have inspired someone in the family to pick up the torch and continue the tradition.
I’m getting older and it takes more out of me to clean, decorate, and cook the holiday dinners, but it’s so worth it.
The holidays may be the one time of year that families are able to get together and enjoy hanging out with each other. Our holidays may not be Hallmark moments, sometimes they are more like a reality reunion show. They are however memorable, and in the end that is what makes life enjoyable.
It is important to create memories, because when our loved ones are no longer with us, memories of them comforts and sustains us, especially during this season of family togetherness.