Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Virtual Advent: No Traditions? Start One!

"Tradition is not to preserve the ashes, but to pass on the flame." Gustav Mahler

"Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable, and safe in a confusing world." Susan Lieberman

Have you been reading these wonderful Virtual Advent posts and feeling sad because you have no traditions? I say: Start a tradition. Even if it's just you and the Christmas tree, steal an idea you like and start it right now. 

That's what we decided to do this year. I have a one-year-old granddaughter and her mom and I decided to start doing some things with her that we can do every year. We invited my daughter-in-law's mom to join us and we all made ornaments.

We used clear glass balls and filled some with red and green.

 My daughter-in-law, Stephanie, taught her mom and me how to decoupage. It wasn't hard. We put pictures of our family on angels and decoupaged them.

 My granddaughter, Annie, helped me paint an ornament green and red. Didn't it turn out good?

Stephanie's mom, Diana, had lots of great ideas for ornaments.

 Annie clapped for us. She was very encouraging.

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  1. What a great idea, Deb, and a perfect companion to several of the pieces others have written in the tour this week! Also, your granddaughter is adorable!

    1. Yes, happiness studies say don't sit around and be sad...do something!

  2. Think it will be a couple of years yet before your grandaughter will be able to help and then there will be no stopping her. Have a great Christmas

    1. She did a pretty good job of dabbing paint on the ornament.

  3. What a great tradition to start. Handmade far more special than shop bought! Which reminds me, thanks for wandering around the Brighton shops with me!

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  4. I love this idea! Really, how special - and that cheerleader!! She is the cutest!!

  5. I won't see my Grandson on Christmas, so there is nothing to prepare neither ! Mr. G. knows already everything !

  6. Sometimes traditions start without you even realizing it. Arent' we going to -- like we did last year? says a child , and voila! a tradition.
    Good for your family starting one! Merry Christmas, with your lovely new ornaments

  7. You are right about traditions, they can be fluid, and you can start those that suit when circumstances change. Lovely pictures!


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