One by one the leaves fall down
From the sky come falling one by one
And leaf by leave the summer is done
One by one by one by one
-"The Leaves Fall Down" by Margaret Wise Brown
As our family has grown in the last few years, I've considered the notion of family culture and the traditions that comprise that culture. Family traditions are those acts that are done repetitively, whether it be through generations or through a single family unit. They are part of the shaping of one's identity. They are a part of forming the foundation upon which the remainder of life is built. Family traditions create a closeness and place of shared familiarity within the unit. When you consider moments that stood out the most in childhood, simple traditions will probably be fondly brought to memory. What traditions will my children think of when they are grown?
I want my children to think of how Mama put forth an extra effort to make things special. How even the smallest touch of decor brought warmth and joy to our home. How simple activities drew us together. And, of course, how we spent so much of our time delighting in festive books.
I've learned over the years that traditions are developed, and decor, activities, books etc. are collected. Each year I aim to add another piece of decor, an activity, and/or book to our collections. There is an element of excitement that is found in that new piece. Unwrapping a new seasonal book on the first day of the season is part of what makes our celebration special. Sipping a delicious pumpkin spiced coffee out of a new mug certainly makes it a little more special for Mama! It's the little things that when made significant, really matter most.
|Pumpkin spice season, indeed! On this particular |
morning we enjoyed pumpkin scones (and coffee favored
with pumpkin spice creamer for Mama). Yum!
|Leaf garland adorning the shelf in our kitchen|
|I swapped one everyday decor piece on each of our|
nightstands for a seasonal one. On mine is a ceramic
pumpkin I painted when I was a teenager.
On David's nightstand I simply replace the candle for a "fall harvest" scented one.
|A simple door decoration to greet any guests to our home|
|Homemade play dough scented with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg|
|Lots of fall themed books for us to enjoy together|
* Our Fall Book Collection
* Our Fall Activities (coming soon)