Christmas tree. We put up a live tree each year, this is one of our traditions that we look forward to—choosing the perfect tree. This year we went to the same place we got our tree last year since the one last year stayed fresh so well and the sellers are so cheery and helpful. Pulling out our ornaments and decorations is like seeing old friends, each one reminds me of Christmases past and different stages in our lives. Whether it is an ornament that my friend Cindy gave me in high school or the first ornament we purchased for our son's first Christmas, each has a place of honor on our tree.
Traditions are very important to pass down to our children, it gives a sense of structure and security. Our son David loves these traditions and is very quick to remind us if we do not do something right (like we did it last year or in previous years.) I am glad that we are able to give him this sense of stability in an ever changing world.