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Holiday Traditions: Generation 2.0

This post comes from our group The Pregnancy Posse from member the kiki.

One of the neatest things for my husband and I as we've started to have children (an 19-month old and one on the way) is creating our own family traditions.  Before kids, we always ended up going to one of our parents' houses, joining in their family celebration.  While we both enjoyed being with our respective families,  we've entered a new phase:  staying at our home and beginning our own traditions.

We're not sure exactly what those will be, or what we want to do, but the very idea of deciding for ourselves how to celebrate (in our case, Christmas) is a novel one.  So far we haven't nailed too much down, but each year we add something, taking ideas from our parents and coming up with our own.  Is anyone else enjoying the freedom to establish new holiday traditions this year?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I forgot to add that they live 2 hours away, long enough that any food items have to be prepared there, in unfamiliar surroundings, or brought in a cooler and reheated, and that we do every single holiday or event at their house on their terms. It sounds kind of selfish when i reread it, but its just too much effort and gas money on our part, when they wont ever bother coming up here.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I can't wait for this.. we might do it next year. I tried it this year, with her birthday, but none of my family bothered to take the day off despite my month long of daily nagging in advance. It was either have her celebration without them, or COMPLETELY change our plans and go to their house the day before her actual birthday. This happens pretty much any time i try to plan things on my own terms, and it drives me absolutely batty. It worked out somewhat becuase my inlaws were visiting and they were able to spend time with my family as well.. but still. I've already spoken with my mother about next year, they can put forth effort, or not attend, period.
lauren lauren 7 years
Oh fun setting up your own traditions for your kids! I am sure they will love every minute of it!
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