Good morning! A week ago, I wrote some thoughts on Holidays: Sharing Life’s Unexpected Treasures.
In my post, I spotlighted some photos…and mentioned one special holiday tradition that began in 1979: see photo above.
A couple of days after Thanksgiving, we found this great sculpture over at the local university, and a tradition was born.
A few years later, we took another photo…I couldn’t find the snapshot, so I took a picture of the framed version from my iPhone…it’s not that great, but you get the idea:
Fast forward to 1991…we tried to take the photo in 1989, set on the five-year intervals, but something went awry with our photographer (not my son that year!), and we couldn’t do it again until 1991:
That was the last one we took of the original four kids! Some grandchildren have tried…here are a couple of them…Fiona and Dominic in 2009:
When my eldest son was here in the summer, we had hopes of recreating a shot of the Original Four…but again, one member of the crew was unavailable.
My second son, Brett, is the “Arbiter of the Tradition,” pushing for a recreation of those special moments. He persisted…but despite his efforts, we were unable to pull it together. Sigh.
Perhaps there are just some moments you cannot recreate…and you just have to find new traditions. Or savor the memories of the old ones.
Do you have traditions special to your family or group? How do you maintain them?