Why Tradition Can’t Wait
For the holidays this year I decided to go very simple and use lots of natural greenery. I got out our faux Christmas trees. One for the living room, one for the sunroom, and one in our bedroom and that’s basically where I stopped. I thought maybe I’ll just enjoy the trees naked this year and enjoy the simplicity of them, but something in the back of my mind was nagging at me.
You see I grew up in a home where my parents provided holiday traditions filled with memories. Every year we would go to our little local tree farm, hike out and cut down our own tree. One of the first memories I have of this, or maybe I remember because I was told the story ;), is being very little and crying because I forgot to yell “Timber!” when the tree fell over. Naturally my dad sat it back up on the stump so I could have another go 😉
That Christmas Tree Smell
We always chose a huge Griswald style tree that we’d have to move all the living room furniture to accommodate. My mom would sweep the needles constantly and we’d have to remember to check it’s water everyday. What a hassle, right? But that smell! Nothing is better than the smell of a real Christmas tree and for me that smell represents a childhood filled with holiday memories!
A Long Overdue Tradition
I’ve always wanted to start this tradition in our home but we just never have and I think it finally occurred to me why. The other day for no reason at all I grabbed a small real tree when we were at Lowes to put in the sunroom. I thought I’m using lots of other natural greenery this makes sense. I got home a switched out the artificial one for the real one and my heart felt so happy. It smelled like Christmas.
Every day for the next couple of days I would walk by and stare at the tree. Finally it dawned on me that this was the year that the tradition of real trees in our home would start. So I ran to Lowes after work and grabbed two more. One for the living room and one for our bedroom. Now our home feels like Christmas. It was emotional.
Why Tradition Can’t Wait
I realized that I’d been holding out until we had a family to start this tradition. When you’re waiting for a baby you’re always thinking when we have kids I want to do this or that. I’ve always known I wanted to pass down this special tradition from my own childhood to our kids and hopefully one day we will.
But here’s the thing, traditions can’t wait. You can’t wait for your life to look like some specific picture you’ve had in the back of your mind before you start doing the things you’ve always looked forward to doing.
I’m enjoying the heck out of our real trees and feel silly for waiting so long to do that. Life is happening right now and as the new year approaches I want to be mindful of making the most of the season of life we’re in with all the traditions it may hold. Even as part of it is joyfully and hopefully awaiting to usher in the next 🙂
I’ll be sharing more details about our journey to starting a family as it unfolds, but to all those mommas who are waiting with me this holiday season; hugs to you <3
More Christmas decor coming at ya soon!