Saturday, November 29, 2008

Nov. 28, 2008 - Gratitude Post Challenge Day 27

Tonight I'm thankful for carrying on family traditions.

As I'm sure you have already gathered if you have been reading my blog this month, family is very important to me, and just as important to me is participating in and carrying on family traditions.

Tonight Greg and I joined my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, niece, and aunt at the annual Sonora, California Christmas Parade. Sonora is a little mountain town about a 45 minute drive from where I live.

A few years before Greg and I met my parents stumbled upon the Sonora Christmas Parade by accident when they had gone up the hill to a craft show. While at the craft show they found out there was a parade going on that night and decided to stay and check it out. It turned out to be a great parade, and being the small town that Sonora is, much of the towns residence show up to watch the parade.

Ever since my parents discovered that parade so many years ago we have been going to it as a family. Before I met Greg I went with my parents and sister and her family, and once I met Greg he started attending too. It has become our day after Thanksgiving tradition.

Let the rest of the United States population brave the stores and the mall the day after Thanksgiving. We prefer the fun of bundling up in warm clothes, brewing up some hot cocoa, packing up our lawn chairs and heading up the hill to watch the parade.

It is one of the things that gets me in the Christmas spirit and ready to face the holidays. Afterward we always head to one of our favorite restaurants to enjoy a lovely steak dinner together.

It is a family tradition I look forward to every single year, and one tradition I hope to carry on for years to come.


MidniteScrapper said...

What a wonderful family tradition! My first thought when I saw the first picture was that you were in line for the crazy black Friday deals. LOL

Brynn said...

I LOVE these kinds of family traditions! Looks like you had a wonderful time.