Sunday Morning Tea: Traditions are for you, too.

santa I’m writing today’s post from my Aunt Paula’s house, northwest of Chicago. Clara and I, with my sister-in-law Jenna and niece Ruby, are visiting for the weekend.

Today Jenna and I and the two girls met my friend Toni for lunch in downtown Woodstock, IL, then went to see a production of The Nutcracker at the Woodstock Opera House

The restaurant – a French-inspired creperie – was fabulous, though not particularly kid-friendly, with decidedly grown-up entrees and portions. We pacified the girls with hot chocolate and dessert crepes and let them look out the window and chat while we talked about woman stuff. Then we headed to the theatre to see the show.

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This is the second year we’ve taken the girls to a production of The Nutcracker. A year older, the girls handled the lengthy performance a bit better than last time. Still, there was plenty of wiggling and queries of “HOW much longer, again?” near the end of the second act. 

After the production, we rewarded them for good behavior with a trip to see Santa Claus on the town square.

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While it’s fun for the girls to get all dressed up and go on a date with their moms, at this age they’d probably have been just as happy to skip the lunch and ballet and head straight to Santa’s lap.

Let’s face it, right now, the yearly Nutcracker tradition is more about Jenna’s and my enjoyment than theirs. But that’s OK. The holidays might be immeasurably better and more magical because of all the opportunities to light up a child’s face, but adults are entitled to their share of the magic, too. 

One year, the girls will be just as on the edge of their seats at the end of the production as they start out, and our annual Nutcracker trip will be just as much for the girls as it is for us.

In the meantime, I’m OK knowing that Clara might not even remember the time she sat on my lap in a darkened theatre, clutching my arm while I reassured her that the Mouse King battle would end in favor of the good guys. 

Because I’ll always remember, and it matters to me.

And you know what? As much as I create much of our Christmas experience for the kids, holiday traditions are for me, too.

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As usual, this week Sarah and I collected a few links from around the web we thought you’d enjoy. If you have something you’d like to share with us, leave a link in the comments!

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