One of my favorite things about making 1 family from 2 is discovering awesome traditions that we want to make sure we do with Finn.
A Hanke tradition is making Halloween costumes. I love to hear about all the crazy costumes Josh’s mom has made for him and his sister growing up (including but not limited to: a piece of bread, garbage can, and a person sitting in a chair). Josh let Finn choose what he wanted to be last year for Halloween (a cook) and Josh and his mom put together the costume.
Josh’s sister has 4 kids and they do the coolest tradition for the birthdays. They get them up like they would normally for school and before they’re about to step on the bus they find out it’s their special day to have mom & dad all to themselves. They find a fun activity to do with the birthday kid up in the cities…just the 3 of them. I’m totally stealing that when Finn is old enough.
Another Hanke tradition that I love is that they make special cake for the birthdays. As in home-made cakes that the birthday kid gets to pick. Well, Josh wanted to do a pirate ship and Finn wanted a Spiderman cake…so this was the compromise.
One of my favorite traditions growing up was that on my birthday my mom would tell me the story of the day I was born. Even as an adult I make sure she tells me the story of the day I was born before the day is over.
So many traditions.
When we got married, I was worried about splitting Christmas between 2 families. However, it’s worked out so great…I feel that we have the best of both worlds.
On Christmas Eve we go to church with the Hanke’s and Josh’s mom cooks delicious food. We go over for good times, good food, and opening presents. Having all the cousins together and to watch them so excited is one of my most favorite parts of Christmas.
Christmas Day we spend with my family. As Finn gets older I want to incorporate more of the traditions I had when I was growing up…
We always were given an ornament on Christmas.
Our shoes were filled by Saint Nicholas on December 6th (who is NOT the same as Santa–Josh)
Christmas Eve we would be able to open 1 present-it was always something to wear to Christmas Eve service. After service we would go and look at the Christmas lights and watch out for Santa flying around.
In both our families, Santa bought the big gift and left it unwrapped. It was always the excitement of creeping (up or down) the stairs on Christmas morning…when I knew I should still be sleeping!
Those are the traditions we make sure to carry on each year for Finn. I hope he has as many fond memories as I do of when I was growing up and someday maybe he’ll share some with his kids. What traditions do you celebrate in your family? Can I steal ’em??