A Holiday Tradition is something you recreate year after year.
Repetition of a similar event culminates into one big happy memory for children and adults alike.
A really huge, expensive gift - say an electric Barbi car or Jeep Grand Cherokee or a $2,000 Tree House - might make one big whopper of a memory if it only happens once. It's just as easily be forgotten if year after year parents aim for the big whopper gift. You want to parse those out over time, otherwise you'll always be one-upping yourself. Going bigger and bigger every year has the effect of rendering the big whopper of a present meaningless. It simply becomes their expectation, and after a few years if say the economy is down and their expectation isn't met - children might think Christmas sucked. How is that fun for anyone?
"Every year around Thanksgiving we made a Ginger Bread House together and then for a month my mom would pretend to get mad at us every time we snitched a peppermint or sweet tart off the house. She would pretend to be the witch who would threaten to throw Hanzle and Grettle into the oven for stealing goodies off her house."
That's the kind of memory I aim for with Holiday Traditions. It's time together primarily, it has staying power for the whole Holiday Season and it's yummy. The yummy part is important because every single time they taste or smell Ginger Bread they will remember our happy tradition.
The Orbit Cookie-Ginger Bread House Kit, 4lbs
costs only $12.95. That is the kind of tradition you can keep up year after year after year without going broke.
More on this at Boycott Christmas in November.
Happy Thanksgiving - See you Monday.