There is nothing like Christmastime to bring out the nostalgia and traditional side of people. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, almost everyone I know has at least one special Christmas tradition. For some, it is the ritual of pulling out the ornaments and carefully placing each memento on their tree. For others, it is a day of baking, and using familiar cookie recipes like my mother used from her favorite cookbook.  Some families host their annual Christmas party, while others watch that one special movie together.

My mother's favorite cookie recipe book.

Each year, my family has a “Seattle Day.” The last Saturday before Christmas, we all pile into the car and drive up to Seattle for a special day of looking at the decorated city, shopping for last minute gifts, and indulge in a special Starbucks treat. We go out for a nice dinner and celebrate being together as a family. When my children were little, it was sweet to watch them try to sneak around buying gifts for each other while one of us distracted the other child. As they got older, it was a way to welcome them home from college for Christmas break. Now that they have children, and there are 16 of us wherever we go (!), it is important to keep our favorite tradition alive. Now the focus is on the grandchildren and making Seattle Day special for them.

Christmas traditions are important to me, but the older I get, the more I understand that traditions often change. Sometimes they change because someone is no longer with us. Sometimes they change because there is joy in adding new members to the family, and sometimes they change because we are at a different stage in life. 

No matter how much we hold on to or change our traditions, the one constant thing we always have at Christmas is our family and the importance of gathering together to celebrate. This season, as you bake your traditional cookies, prepare your traditional Christmas dinner, and watch a favorite Christmas movie, remember that each tradition is important, and even if it doesn’t look the same as it used to, it is still a special part of your family’s story.

Merry Christmas from our Wren & Willow Family to yours.

May your day be Merry and Bright!

Two of our favorite Christmas traditions at Wren & Willow are the 12 Days of Christmas gifts to the Ruston Police Department and our Team Christmas Party. Both are ways for us to give back and say thank you to our hard working police, and to our Wren & Willow team.