I know, I know. I’m the same person who wrote about my problem hoarding traditions but I do still have plenty of favourites and, yes, I still add a new one here and there…I’m a work in progress!
Of course we get to our share of holiday parades, Christmas tree lightings, and Santa visits…but, that being said, I’ve been trying to focus on the traditions that are most important to our family and connect us to the community we choose to live our lives in, and so I’ve rounded up five of our favourite Maritime family traditions.
This post is part of a #MaritimeChristmas blog hop with some other local family bloggers.
Sackville filled the talking tree void left by Woody a few years ago with Tinsel. He puts on a fun animatronic twenty minute show with sing-a-longs and storytelling that the children adore. The show is free to all, though food or monetary donations to Beacon House are encouraged. His shows start this weekend and run for just a few days so read on so you don’t miss his visit this year!
If you’re a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you’re NOT a Maritimer, you’ve likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.
This month’s pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It’s a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it’s a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We’ve talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story – one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!
I scroll through my social feeds and see all these “great ideas” and keep adding tradition after tradition to our life in order to feel like I’m giving my kids the best holiday I can…Kindness Advent Calendar? Right on! Make a new Christmas ornament with the kids each year? Oh yeah. Find matching Christmas jammies for the whole family? Sign me up! And YES to ALL THE REINDEER COOKIES!
Last year, my children caught the Gimmes at Christmas. I don’t know how they got infected, but our normally sweet, polite, angelic (OK, that may be stretching it) children couldn’t get enough presents…So this year, we’ve changed the way we look at holiday gifting.