Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Let's start off with something fun.
Early on in our marriage my husband and I decided that we wanted to have family traditions that spoke to our passions and our faith. Of course we had grown up with several traditions, and especially in my family it was a tradition to go to church and we both had our cultural, West Indian traditions, in various forms. For my husband and I we wanted to have traditions that would not just impact our family, we wanted to impact on the world around us.
We wanted to be intentional with our traditions and instill in our children a tradition of giving. With cues from our faith, my husband's work with the military and just my passion for giving to others, we wanted to do something simple, yet meaningful. I came up with an idea to tie in the holiday that meant the most to us, Christmas. Christmas, also steeped in our faith and giving, we wanted teach our children it's not just about getting the gifts we want.
I started my personal tradition of having a theme for Christmas, so that it would make it easier for me to decorate our home. For 2018, our theme was the Star. While I was making stars, to place throughout our home, my son actually came to me and said, mommy, we should give the stars to other people. And from that, our new family tradition was born.
I made stars as ornaments, to send to family, friends and even give to our neighbors. Instead of doing greeting cards, that would most likely be thrown out after the end of the season, the ornaments, that we now call our Carrington Keepsakes, would be our greeting card, one you may not mind keeping. Both my boys and my husband actually did participate in getting them together, even though I had the task of making the stars. This simple way of sharing, showed our boys, that it doesn't have to be something huge or a grand gesture to make someone feel special.
In our neighborhood, we actually went door to door on our street, knocked on doors and rang doorbells and introduced ourselves, to neighbors who most we had only seen in passing for the past year, and gave a star to each family (Yes, I'm THAT neighbor).
It's kind of a lost art now, knowing your neighbors, unless you've lived in a place for many years, you sometimes don't even get to know your neighbors anymore. This was definitely a nice tool for helping us to actually meet our neighbors, along with showing our friends and family that we do care about them at Christmas.
You don't have to be a DIYer like I am, or even if you feel like you don't have a talented bone in your body, there are many ways you can inspire giving or build other fun traditions with your family. I can't wait to see what we come up with next year. I hope this inspired you to .... Get Caryed Away.