Old traditions, new traditions

Happy New Year!

Looking back this morning on 2012, it was a year of learning- my youngest started her journey into the educational system, my oldest started tackling lessons in piano, and as a family we delved into the practice of raising our own chickens. All in all, a pretty good year.

We are starting out this new year with a couple new traditions- one of which is really a pretty old one. For Christmas this year, my sister-in-law expressed her and her husband’s wish to help start “hope chests” for our girls and their other nieces/nephews. We embraced the idea and looked forward to their first gifts – a set of steel cookie cutters for each! I love the idea of starting a box for each child to store useful and classic items that they can take with them when ready to start on their own, as families used to do.

After a little thought I realized that we already have wooden trunks that will be perfect to give as their hope chests- each previously belonging to their grandmother and great aunt. My husband and I are planning to also add something for each in the coming years, along with the gifts from their aunt and uncle. Amongst the piles of toys and fluff the kids opened, I loved the fact that one of those items is meant to last into their futures, and bring with them memories of the people who gave them. How fun it will be for them years from now as they make cookies with their own children and perhaps tell a few tales of the special aunt and uncle that gave them the cookie cutters!

Another new tradition was begun today with the gift of a “Blessings Jar” meant to encourage our family to stop and make note of the special moments in life that happen so often and are quickly forgotten. We will record these moments and place them in the jar, to be opened and read through next New Years Eve! I started it off with a note of thanks for the thoughtful friends who created this for us.

I wish you a very happy new year, filled with new traditions and blessings of your own.



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