Let's Talk About Our Traditions
(Creating And Maintaining Meaningful Memories)
by Lee Wise
A Beautiful Moment In Time
© Lee Wise All rights reserved
"I know, let's find a place where we can cut down our own Christmas tree."
And so began a thirty-plus year tradition.
As history rolled on this singular act would evolve into an ever-growing list of ritualistic endeavors including, but not necessarily limited to:
Borrowing a truck, getting the kids into the other car ("Who is going to ride with dad in the truck?"), apprehending the dogs, sentencing an occasional boyfriend (or two) to be a part of the mayhem...
And the Wise family would be off on another Christmas season odyssey of their own making.
Once the tree found a resting place safely in its new home, the decorating would begin.
"Where are the Christmas boxes?"
"Ah, dad, isn't the tree a bit crooked?"
"The lights. We've *got* to do something about the lights."
Yes, at times the tree had more than a small resemblance to the unique stance of the Eiffel Tower, the process took longer than expected, and the lights that worked looked just fine.
But in the end...
The beauty of the family prevailed, relationships were remembered and strengthened, and a spirit of quiet rest overcame those fortunate enough to take part in our ritual.
SO WHY SHARE THIS SNAPSHOT OF OUR FAMILY ADVENTURES?
It's really quite simple. I wanted to set the stage for your reading of the following six words:
"Good Traditions Are A Good Thing."
Good traditions tend to...
*Provide a treasure chest of quality memories
*Build and reinforce relationships
*Give us a sense of stability during unstable times
*Strengthen the family unit
ALLOW ME TO ASK A QUESTION OR TWO
What are the important rituals of your life?
What are your important family rituals?
What meaningful tradition *could* you begin?
What ritual or tradition *should* you begin?
Should you capture any traditions in one way or another for the purpose of preserving them for future generations?
"Good Traditions Are A Good Thing"
Yours for a day filled with beautiful moments in time,
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