I'm a big proponent of traditions.  I believe they are one of the ways that we can instill values in our children while creating memories.  I also believe they have the power to slow down time and perhaps that is why there are so many around the holidays.  Everything from the sweet potatoes your uncle brings on Thanksgiving to the choosing of the Christmas tree, decorating your home, cookie swaps, holiday parties and the lighting of candles on Hannukah... all of these traditions help stop the clock and allow us moments to create memories.  

This year I started a new tradition and went to the Nutcracker for a little "Mommy & Me" date.  We enjoyed wine, people watching and the choosing of a nutcracker ornament for our trees.  I am excited to continue this tradition in the years to come with not only my mom but her future grandchildren as well.  I can already sense everyone's enthusiasm!

What are some of your traditions?

If you have never seen the Nutcracker but have always wanted to, look no further - YouTube has provided an answer!  Enjoy...

From the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, December 2012 Valery Gergiev - conductor Vasily Vainonen - choreography Benjamin Tyrrell - stage and costumes

Billie June