Holiday Traditions

Posted on: Thu, 12/21/2017 - 21:00

As my family and I celebrate the holidays, I wish my FCPS family nothing but the best in the coming year.

Holidays are an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends by sharing traditions. Whether it is a special recipe passed down through the generations or the ritual for exchanging gifts, everyone can talk about their favorite holiday traditions. My family is no exception. We have many traditions associated with our celebration of Christmas, and one of my favorites is decorating the Christmas tree.

My husband and I began a tradition of giving each other a special ornament every year to decorate our tree. Since my children were born, we have given them an ornament every year that represents something special about that year in their lives. And whenever we take a family vacation, we get a Christmas ornament from that special place. We also have ornaments from friends, family, teachers, and students. So essentially, our family Christmas tree is the story of our lives.

Every year as we unpack the ornaments to decorate the tree, we reminisce and laugh at a few of our treasured stories. Since every ornament has a special meaning to me, it is hard to pick a favorite. However, here are a few sentimental favorites I’d like to share:

Baby’s First Christmas Ornaments
Of course these are a mom’s sentimental favorites! The teddy bear was for my son’s first Christmas and the Disney Babies are from my daughter’s first Christmas. Please note that the Ninja Turtle ornament is NOT a sentimental favorite, but rather is my son’s orneriness in making sure that ornament is always front and center on the family tree to drive me crazy!

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Pink Power Wheels
My son had a white Power Wheels and a few years later, my daughter got a pink one. The first time they decided to race each other, my daughter tried to “ram” her brother to win the race. (There is a bit of a competitive streak in the Alban family.) That Christmas, this ornament came out and I knew we had to have it! You can also see one of the many sports ornaments we got for the kids in the photo.

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Cayman Islands
We took a Caribbean cruise with our children and everyone agreed that we needed an ornament from the Cayman Islands because my husband, who does not like to swim, got into the water to swim with us and the sting rays. He even kissed a stingray, but they didn’t have a Christmas ornament that captured that moment!

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As you can imagine there are many more ornaments that I would happily recount stories about for anyone who is willing to listen! As I share these special highlights from my family’s holiday celebration, I wish all of you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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