Sunday, April 22, 2012

68. Start a tradition. Make it simple.

“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.”
W. Somerset Maugham

Sweet Daddy is always teasing me about my newest "systems" - meaning I am forever having a new idea for where we can keep important papers, or how to curb the clutter, or yet another system for keeping up with the laundry.

I create a fabulous system, implement it, and it lasts...........hours? days? perhaps even weeks? And then, it fizzles.

Important papers are lost again. Clutter abounds. And let's don't discuss the laundry.

But the holidays, I do love the holidays. 

And I've learned - keep it simple. Choose 1 or 2 special things that you will do every year. 

Create traditions.

January - we do half birthdays - one on the 4th, and one on the 26th. You can NEVER eat too much cake. And half-birthdays, well, those are the stress free birthday. No party to plan. No presents to buy. Just eat cake. That simple.

February - Valentine's day - For Valentine's day - it's the card. We either make you one with the old fashioned arts and crafts supplies, or create and print you a digital fun one. But - always a card, always a special handwritten note inside.

March - Sweet Daddy's birthday - ie Poster Making Time. You two have made daddy a poster for his birthday every year since you could hold a marker! 
April - Easter - we take a family photo. Most years it's the only family photo we take (unless we are posed with Mickey or a cute Lego Guy that is). 
Traditions give you something to look forward to. 

Start a tradition. Make it simple.

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