with Another Holiday Coach Moment
Way back when my kids were little, my hobby was Scrapbooking. I took photos with a real camera, using actual film that needed to be developed. Then I would cut and paste (using actual scissors and glue) the photos into scrapbooks with ‘fun’ frames, decals and captions.
One particular Christmas, I took pictures of my children opening their gifts and of our activities throughout the day only to discover later there was no physical film in my one-function camera. Because preserving these memories in a forever-scrapbook was so important to me, I forced my kids to re-do the gift opening. Yes! I made them re-enact Christmas morning so I could get the pictures!
Every time my kids get to this page of their photo scrapbooks, they tell this story.
I tell this to remind you, all that you do to hold up traditions and create an atmosphere of family and love is actually the frame, or a container, for the experiences that want to happen. We stress ourselves out believing that by controlling the frame/container we control the experiences. You can’t know what your family will experience OR remember when they gather around your perfectly decorated tree or your painstakingly planned and prepared dinner.
They WILL remember the things that made them laugh, the things that made them uncomfortable, the things that made them feel seen and heard.
The best memories will be the moments that were not planned, orchestrated or laboured over. They will remember the love.
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