Today I found myself explaining what traditions are to my kiddos. I began by talking about how traditions are things we do the same way every time and how they can help make things feel special. For example, in our family, we like to sing happy birthday and blow out candles on birthdays. I think it was a pretty solid extemporaneous answer, but that phrase “the same way every time” hasn’t been sitting well with me.
I like the idea of tradition as a living, breathing thing. Something that can provide familiarity and comfort, while also being flexible and open to change. I want our family to be enriched by tradition without getting trapped by it.
This is all to say that today we set up a proper (fake) Christmas tree. It’s the first time I’ve had one in 15 years. And next year, well, we’ll see.
[Letterforms drew inspiration from those in Scripts: Elegant lettering from design’s golden age by @thedailyheller and @louisefili]