My dad likes to have 'the best' of everything, so naturally it would take us a few laps around the tree lot to find the 'perfect' tree. By the time we found 'the tree', the four of us kids would be freezing (and I'm sure whining to our parents about it) and ready to head back.
We'd take our prized tree home, drink hot coco and decorate it with our favorite ornaments, reminiscing about years past. Sometimes we'd play our favorite Christmas album. Even as we got older, we always tried to carry on this tradition together.
As a child I thought finding and decorating our tree was just what we did for Christmas each year, but as a parent I realize my mom and dad were working to create traditions.
It's easy to get caught up in the day to day during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I've been there, I've forgotten the gingerbread house and last year the tree almost didn't make it up.
As parents we know how important it is to make time to build on traditions and create positive memories for our little darlings, and when we do it's so worth it. It might not be the way you imagined it. Your kids might be whining so hard by the end of your tree cutting trip, you'll wish you'd have stayed home. Just go! Always go. Every year. Your children will remember these traditions as wonderful magical times, I promise!
What are you doing this year that your kids will look back on with joy twenty years from now?
If you are looking to start, or add to your traditions, check out these cool holiday events happening around metro Detroit in 2015:
Visit Santa in Rochester Hills
Go ice skating at campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit
Visit downtown Ferndale for their Holiday Ice Festival
Tour the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford house in Grosse Pointe Shores
Visit the amazing wild light display at the Detroit zoo in Royal Oak
Meadow Brook holiday festivities in Rochester
If you know of any other exciting winter holiday activities happening in Metro Detroit, please share in the comments below!
Authored by: Gina Hodgson