Family Traditions

The holidays are a wonderful time to reminisce about family, and the traditions that you share.  As I sit here preparing for Christmas morning, it dawned on me that my family has a pretty neat tradition that I would like to share.

It goes back to, around the time that my oldest daughter was three years old.  At that time we owned a very small two bedroom house.  It  used to serve as military housing back when this area was an airbase.    We were cramped, and there were only three of us at the time.

This house was far too small to have a fireplace.  This was a concept that was not lost on our daughter.  She wondered how Santa could get in to our house without a chimney to hop into.  Well that was a bit of perplexing issue for a three-year old to grapple with to be sure.  As new parents at the time, this was a new challenge for us as well.

The solution we came up with was a special key that Santa would use to enter our house.  He would use the key to get in the house, and then he would leave it by the empty cookie plate, and let himself out.  My oldest daughter was delighted, she loved the notion of putting a key out to help Santa get in the house.  We really built it up, and had her hang the key on the door.

The years have passed, and we have moved in to a larger house complete with a fireplace.  We have not given up the “Santa key” however.  The tradition has passed to my two younger children.  In fact they both raced downstairs to have the chance to put the key on the door for Santa to use.

My youngest is now four years old, so I know that this tradition doesn’t have much time left to it.  My oldest child now just looks at these things with an amused knowing glance.  However, if we have done something right here maybe they will share the tradition of the key with their children.  Time will tell.


About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

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