I like traditions. There are some traditions that have been in our family for generations and others that are fairly new. We have customs that come from Sam's family and some that have started because of our children. We don't have a lot of them, but I think it’s almost better that way - it just makes the ones we do have even more special.
My mom got a new computer yesterday - a life changing laptop. She needed a bit of help getting the wireless going, so the kids and I headed over to lend a hand (she really knows more than she admits - it was just the push of one button.) After dinner we went for a swing on her porch swing, we looked at her roses and then the children began their customary flower gathering.
With my mom's move to Michigan a new tradition was born - flowers for the kids. My children will not leave "Greenie's" house without flowers. If she forgets, they remind her. It is such a part of the trip to Greenie's house that in the winter my mom actually buys flowers so the kids have something to take home. Yes, it's a bit over the top, but they love it! The whole car ride home they clutch their flowers and, if they survive (the flowers, not the kids), they get put in water and sit in the window where the kids can enjoy them. The photo above is of yesterday's survivors.
It can be something small like a flower to take home from Grandma's house, or a long standing tradition like hanging the Christmas stockings that were designed by a great aunt, or maybe it's an annual trip somewhere, but traditions make memories. What better to give a child than a good memory?