Have you ever read about the importance of family rituals to children’s development of identity and feelings of belonging? When I do it impresses upon me, yet again, what a wonderful job my parents did in providing Phil and me with such a stable, loving, tradition-filled environment. Our family’s rituals were many, but it will come as no surprise that my favorites revolved around Christmas.
Over the years we developed many Christmas traditions, but today’s layout celebrates the way we handled Christmas music. Although we had quite a few Christmas albums that we played over and over throughout the season, we had one particular favorite. It was the Anita Kerr Singers’ “Spend this holiday with me.” There was just something different about it that we all loved. In fact, we all knew every note of that record and sang along faithfully.
Our ritual became making sure that this was the first album we played at the beginning of each Christmas season. It HAD to be played before any of the others could be cued up on our huge stereo. Playing this album for the first of many times in the season was our auditory signal that it was time for Christmas.
And now this tradition has made its way into our celebration of Christmas. That sounds like a testament to a good album and a great tradition!
I used papers from Simple Stories “Handmade Holiday” and My Mind’s Eye “Festive” collections to complete this layout.