Point of view: Christmas traditions

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For knitter and all-round crafter, Meredith Crawford, the simplest traditions are the most memorable at this time of year…

meredith crawford - molliemakes.comMy family begins celebrating the Christmas season the moment the last slice of pie is consumed on Thanksgiving Day. We love Thanksgiving, but I think we are honestly more excited about the season that follows. Participating in family traditions is truly my favourite part of the holidays.

When I think back over the years, I am thankful that very little has changed in the way we celebrate. The simplest things, like decorating the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, become an important family event. We would never dream of Black Friday shopping on that day, because for my family it is – and always will be – Decorating Day.

Some of my family’s most memorable traditions occur on Christmas Eve. We have our favourite holiday movies playing in the background all morning as we bake batches of scrumptious sugar cookies. We make homemade icing in a variety of bright colours and then settle in for some serious cookie decorating.

Every year it always comes as a surprise when my Dad, the least patient member of my family, pipes a few designs on his own tree-shaped cookie. However, his time spent decorating is short-lived because he eventually sneaks a few cookies into a napkin and leaves the rest of us to play with the pastry bags.

I used to think he decorated cookies to make me happy as a child, but now that I’m much older, I can see that he actually enjoys this tradition himself.

Every year, without fail, we always open a pair of new pyjamas – my favourite tradition on Christmas Eve. Who knew pink, sheep-covered PJs could be so exciting? My Grandparents started this tradition with my Mom and her siblings. I love looking back at old photographs of their whole family in red and green pyjamas, gathered around the twinkling Christmas tree. My Mom decided to continue the tradition and I hope to have the opportunity to do the same.

As time passes, and our family experiences change, I hope a few of these traditions stay the same as a reminder of all of the Christmases we spent together.

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This column originally appeared in issue 10 of Gathered by Mollie Makes. Available now for iPad and iPad mini from Apple Newsstand.

About the author Meredith Crawford is a yarn-lovin’ crafter based in Dallas, Texas. She is a regular columnist and contributor to Gathered by Mollie Makes and can be found blogging over at One Sheepish Girl.

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