Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Norton clan!
We kick off our family holiday season by sitting down as a family; me, John (hubby), Connor (26) and Alec (22), to get our Christmas card together.
It starts out as a time to reflect on the past year and recall what we are grateful for and what have become our Norton Merriest Moments.
We started this tradition rather than writing a Christmas letter, it was hard enough to get the boys to sit down and think of their Merriest Moments, much less get them to commit to write part of a Christmas letter….
Let me give you some background on this…so when we sit down as a family to eat a meal, we started sharing what we were grateful for for the day. Now it didn’t have to be a life-altering, earth-shattering thing to be grateful for, all it was was a moment to find goodness in that day. This way if it was a particularly hard day at school for one of the boys, or a trying time at work for us, we would have to pause and find gratitude in something, anything, for the day. It could be, “I am thankful for the dessert mom made,” or, “I am thankful for my friends,” even, “ I am thankful that Cooper the Wonderdog didn’t poop in the house today!” This tradition continued when friends joined us for dinner as well. At first the guest would be self conscious about the whole grateful thing but after time, returning friends and family were looking forward to the “what are you grateful for today” moment at the Norton table. So many times this opened up conversations that would not have been had. One special moment for a friend of my son’s and his mom who were at our house for dinner, for the first time in a very long time, the son said he was grateful for his mom. Seems small right? Not to that mom who was so happy to hear something other than grunts from her teenage son.
OK and THEN it morphed into “Sunday Steak Nights.” That, has taken on a life of it’s own at our house.
The Norton table is open every Sunday night to friends, family, coworkers, strays and people needing a fix of love. Some Sundays there are 2 at the table some Sundays there are 12! And the “what we are grateful for for the day” goes on and on and on. So fun! The more people at my table the more grateful I am! And there is always somehow enough to go around, a little like the tale of the loaves and fishes.
So back to the holiday tradition…we wanted to have a family holiday card to be about what we were grateful for, since it’s kind of “our thing” now but we wanted it to be what we were grateful for for the YEAR!
It got crazy long so we shortened it for the holidays to: The Norton’s Merriest Moments
For 2016 the Norton Merriest Moments are:
Past Norton Merriest Moments