Christmas is a couple weeks away. That probably fills some of you with glee. And others with dread.
Me, I’m somewhere in between.
I’m learning to enjoy Christmas as a daddy. It’s a lot of fun to see my daughter get excited about everything that’s going on (most of which she doesn’t understand yet). And it’s a privilege to try to help my lovely wife overcome her Christmas anxiety (long story).
But something that’s been a bit difficult for me: Starting family Christmas traditions.
As far as I recall, we didn’t really have any traditions in our family growing up, although by the time I got into my teens, it became common for us to have lasagne instead of turkey for our Christmas meal.
One of the things I really want to do as my children get older is start reading Dickens’ A Christmas Carol together, as well as other appropriate Christmas stories. But I suspect that’s still a few years off.
So this year, we’re going to try to start two new traditions: Building a gingerbread house and reading the birth of Christ from Luke 2.
I suspect the gingerbread house will be fun because:
- My daughter loves gingerbread
- I love gingerbread
- My wife loves chocolate candy
- There is an icing pack for Abigail to squeeze
Reading Luke 2 as a family will be beneficial because it’s a reminder of who and what we’re celebrating at this time of year.
So, my fellow dads (and moms, too), what traditions are you building into your family?
Let’s share some ideas.