Christmas is over; oh wait, no it isn’t. But it will be, in like, three seconds.
So what do you do when you already have everything you want? Be grateful.
This time of year always has me thinking about what I value, and how I want to do things as the matriarch of my little family. Here are five unconventional Christmas traditions we plan to start with our kids, as soon as we get our act together:
1. I’m always a little uneasy about Christmas trees. I like the function of a center piece, but can’t we do better?
A Christmas TeePee! The children come down the stairs and the teepee casts a warm glow from within. All the presents are stacked inside. Maybe we’ve got a train circumnavigating the whole spectacle? YES!
2. Santa Claus will never be real to our boys. He’s a wonderful character in a great story we like to tell about Christmas. We love to talk about him and pretend, but we know he is just for fun. This will not ruin my boys’ innocence. They’ll be just fine.
3. Quality instead of quantity- One or two choice gifts instead of centering the whole morning around opening presents.
4. Changing it up- I think it would be cool to check in with the boys and eachother from year to year, and plan for new ways to celebrate. New meals, new forms of Christmas Teepees, perhaps new places. The tradition can be that we’re all together.
5. Compassion- When the boys are old enough, I’d really like for us to take some time to reach out to other people and help somehow. I guess this one isn’t all that unconventional, but in my own life it will be. I do a lot more good thinking than good will, and I want to be better.