It’s not what’s under the tree that matters most; it’s who’s around it.
Ever since we moved to Bristol Village 2 years ago, I am still amazed and excited over the traditions that occur in this very unique community. The picture above reflects how our beautiful Village celebrates Christmas dinner together as a family. Every holiday season we go out of our way to create special, deeply memorable, moments.
It seems milestones and everyday events become more memorable with inventive thinking. And what better way to create family memories and traditions than with a good old fashioned potluck dinner!
Somehow Christmas brings out the child in all of us. I remember believing completely that Santa would visit my house on Christmas Eve. I just knew if I even opened my eyes before morning, that Santa’s elves would tell on me. I tried my best to fall asleep quickly. But that never happened. Until one night, I heard a clattering of some kind on our roof. I pinched myself to see if this was just a dream. But, no! The noise continued. I knew it was Rudolph and gang! So I turned over with a snap, closed my eyes, and pretended to be asleep.
The holidays are a time to give thanks, appreciate what you have, and spend time with loved ones. Creating and participating in family traditions can help nurture these sentiments and teach children what’s important.
I just wanted to share a few of our Bristol Village traditions:
- The Bristol Village Angel Tree where each year we provide gifts for 50 underprivileged children from Pike County. Gifts are presented to representatives from the Community Action Committee during our annual Trim-A-Tree celebration.
- Chorale Vespers concert with Lessons & Carols.
- Musical Holiday Concerts.
- Performing at the Traditions Rehabilitation Facility
- Christmas Caroling throughout the Village.
- Christmas Day Village Potluck.
- New Year’s Eve Social.
Christmas traditions are passed down from generation to generation. One of my favorite traditions is driving around with the dogs looking at all the Christmas lights.
And, I also have to make a point of mentioning my addiction to Christmas movies and the Hallmark channel. OK, I admit my faults! How can you forget watching The Walton Family Christmas on Christmas Day, along with A Charlie Brown Christmas sometime during the season? See, you agree!
All families have their own distinctive traditions that are near and dear to their hearts. Without these cherished traditions, the holidays wouldn’t feel quite the same.
Think about all those sometimes silly, sometimes sentimental, but always special holiday traditions in your family. While those shared experiences ignite the Christmas spirit in your home every year, they also bond your family together and will continue to create these important bonds for generations to come.
Those of us living at Bristol Village look forward to having Christmas with our Village families! A beautiful tradition that will stand the test of time.
Join our dialogue and share your holiday or Christmas traditions with our Community.
Happy New Year, from Bristol Village and The Boomer Explorer!
As always, I am…the traditional Boomer Explorer.