One tradition that most everyone probably has is the turkey wishbone ...
... we did this every year when I was little and I have carried it on. A couple days ago, I explained the meaning of the wishbone to Mason. Our wishbone sort of got damaged when we pulled it from our turkey, but oh well. We let it dry out for a couple days and Mason and I each grabbed a side and pulled. I won. Oops ... I know you are always supposed to let the kid win but what can ya do. Sorry Bub! Now when am I going to win the lottery?
Another tradition that I started with my kids is making a gingerbread house every year when we decorate for Christmas. This year we changed it up and got a train instead ... SO much easier than those dang houses! LOL. Mason loves decorating these things and Payton wanted to be right there in the middle of it, making a MESS and getting yelled at by her brother the entire way for ruining HIS train. Sigh.
The ingredients ...Every year at Christmas, I also put up mistletoe ...
... and this year, Mason looked up at it and said disgustingly, "MOM ... WHY do you have THAT thing hanging THERE?" LOL. So Kyle and I explained what a mistletoe is and now Mason is OBSESSED with standing under it and puckering up. He cracks me up!
Another tradition that we had when I was a kid was that the tooth fairy would always leave a gift on our bed while we were at church on Christmas Eve. Every year, we would come home from church and run to our rooms to get our gifts. The catch was that every year it was always a new pair of pajamas. This was one of my favorite traditions and I have carried it on with my kids. I still have NO idea why we always thought it was the tooth fairy that brought the gifts, but whatever ... that is still what we tell our kids.
2004So what traditions do you have that I can steal? :)