I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! For those of you crazy enough to be out doing the Black Friday thing…I just prayed for you :). Yesterday, I had the privilege of sharing a tradition with my kids. For the past number of years, I’ve run the Palatine Turkey Trot at Harper College. We meet up with a number of friends and enjoy cheering each other on. Some years the weather is nasty. This year it was perfect! Now that my kids are a little older, they were both able to participate in the day. There was a 100yd Drumstick Dash for the little kids. They got their own race t-shirts and medals. It was super cute. Here’s a picture of us after the race.

It’s was so fun to be able to share this tradition with them. I woke them up early to get ready for the race. Before their feet hit the ground, they were cheering, smiling, and telling me how fast they were going to run. It was awesome.

It’s made me think a lot about family traditions. Some of my best memories growing up are related to special family traditions. They serve as mile markers on the journey of growing up. They don’t have to be elaborate, in fact, I think simple is better. Traditions can create predictability and structure in a fast-paced, always changing world. I don’t mean that to be a negative statement about our culture…simply pointing out the stability that traditions can create in our busy lives. They slow us down long enough to remember what’s important. They help bring our families together and create lasting memories. As we head into the Christmas season, I encourage you to consider your family traditions. Is it time to start something new? Revive an old one? Tweak an existing tradition? Whatever the case, I hope you’ll be intentional about leading your family toward celebrating the real meaning of Christmas.