You know, it’s funny. There are so many seasons of life, and sometimes they happen concurrently. But the one thing they all have in common is growth. We are always growing, changing, learning. Sometimes that growth will happen at a sloth’s pace, and other times it can happen in an instant. Sometimes it develops and blooms with time.
As I look back on this year, I can see ways that our family has changed and grown. My boys are bigger, older, and we are privileged to see more of their personalities coming out each day. We’ve also seen a changing of seasons with saying goodbye to the baby years and are looking toward the preteen’s in a few years time. If I’m being totally honest, that freaks me out.
But how do you navigate through change, without losing some of the joy and wonder from a previous season, and is it okay to let go?
When I look back on my childhood, I have so many memories, but some of the clearest are of doing things with my family and celebrating our traditions. Because of those happy times, I knew when we started having kids we really wanted to include some family traditions in our holidays. It gives us all something to look forward to every year, and it gives us the opportunity to look back and remember life events. If at some point we decide they no longer bring us joy, we can stop doing them. Because it is okay to let go.
I won’t go into a long list of traditions that we have, but I will share one that we started with my eldest because I love it so much. Every year we buy a new ornament for each of our boys. Sometimes it’s something that they are into, other times it’s something we experienced that year, or something that speaks to their personalities. But there is always some kind of meaning behind it. And every year, I pack the ornaments into their own little box to store until the next year when they get to pull them out and hang them on the tree. One day, when they are older, moved out and begin to put up their own trees, I’ll give them their boxes, and we can look back at years worth of memories. While I look forward to that day and that season, I am content to enjoy the one I am blessed with now.