~ tradition: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time
The holiday season is upon us! We all have our special family traditions and activities during this special time of year. Here are just a few of my family’s Christmas traditions:
- Christmas trees (7 of them) go up around my sister’s birthday, December 7th, while listening to Amy Grant’s Christmas tunes
- Red and green are the colors of choice for decorations
- We choose a coordinated and themed gift packaging each year
- Our Christmas Eve meal consists of appetizers, church service, followed by unwrapping of gifts
- Early to rise on Christmas morning for family breakfast in our PJs and Santa gifts in our stockings
Another long-time tradition, harkening back to my childhood, is watching Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer on television. Last night, I have to admit, I watched that movie once again! It is the Golden Anniversary for this classic movie.
There was one particular quote from Rudolph that spoke to me more so as an adult than when I was a child. It was from King Moonracer, the ruler of the Island for Misfit Toys:
“A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.”
Maybe this quote resonated with me even more this year because of my recent annual trip to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center when dropping off a monetary donation and some teddy bears for their “Teddy Bear Wall.”
Each child who walks through the doors of the CAC receives a teddy bear to help comfort them while talking about their abuse experience. These special stuffed “friends” help children through their life stresses. The teddy bear, one of the world’s most beloved toys, has been around since 1903 and has been a valuable resource for children by giving them a sense of peace, security, and comfort. My two children always had a very loved friend they snuggled with at bedtime to help them fall asleep. Great friends, indeed!
Please learn more about the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and their fabulous programs and how you can get involved and help support the special needs of our local children.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!