The holidays are a wonderful time for family and tradition! In our home we have some traditions, but I am finding as time passes these traditions are fading into the past. Kids grow up, parents move away, the next thing you find is you and your spouse are alone ……if not completely, at least a lot of the time. Because of this fact of life (I feel compelled now to add-it is not a fact of life I came to willingly! It goes against the very nature of my life long dreams! But I am learning to be graceful and grateful for all I have) ahem…having said that- I have learned to cultivate new traditions into our lives. Traditions that are meaningful to me and can last a lifetime and hopefully beyond.
A tradition I have, and I hope always will, is the holiday table! Even when it is just the two of us I create a beautiful holiday table! I love to set out special dishes and decorate the table festively! Now fortunately for us we have never had to spend an entire Christmas day alone! We do have adult children nearby with children, and they will all start arriving around 2 or so in the afternoon. But I still set the table for our breakfast and we have our traditional fare! I get up early and start the turkey and begin a special breakfast feast just for the hubby and I! 🙂 Anyway…..I digress.
What I wanted to talk about, mention, today is that I am starting a new tradition this year; a very simple tradition. One that my entire family will take part in (no worries of them finding out and ditching me that day because they do not read my blog!!) this new tradition? I am printing out the Lord’s Prayer and setting it by each plate; before we eat we will say it and everyone can join in. This will be a little more special to me than the regular blessing one of us would normally say. I think there is nothing more beautiful than many voices raised in worship or prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is something I say multiple times a day, it is very special to me. This will make me happy and I hope it will start a tradition that will last a lifetime and beyond. I hope many years from now my grandchildren will tell their grandchildren how we did this at “mama’s” house every Christmas day all those years ago! And somehow I will still be there…. in this memory.
***yes, my grandchildren call me Mama….long story!
Our Father Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.