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Our Seattle’s Child Tradition


To celebrate the rich and imaginative family holiday traditions found in our community, we've gathered traditions from our readers and will post one each day until the new year.

We hope you'll also share one of your favorite holiday traditions and that you'll find reading these traditions as comforting and inspiring as we do — to be reminded of how every family is entirely unique yet we still share so much in common.

For Times Gone by, My Dears

By Sarah Erickson

One sign of a good holiday tradition seems to be its adaptability. Several years ago, when we were visiting home for the holidays, my mother-in-law reminded us of a gift certificate we'd been given to one of the nicer restaurants in the area. The afternoon of New Year's Eve was the only time my husband and I could squeeze in a date during our busy family visit, and when we arrived at the restaurant there were only two or three other tables filled at this normally packed establishment.

We ate an especially leisurely meal, talking all the while about the holidays, life back home before the rush of travel, and what we were hoping for in the year to come. In the near-empty restaurant, it felt like we had found a bonus pocket of time – fitting for the changing of the year – and we toasted to our newfound tradition, one that has been surprisingly accommodating for life with a young child. It turns out that an early, reflectively conversant dinner is a little bit more our speed as a family right now than midnight partying.

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