Editor's Note: If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been sharing glimpses into preparations for creating some new birthday traditions. I'll share those soon, but in the meantime, this post from The Petit Cadeau archive is still really meaningful to me (and hopefully to you too)
Happy Birthday cake topper by Hana at Hello Plum Studio
This post has been sitting in my brain for a while. Waiting for the right time to share with you. The value of celebrations and traditions as part gifting has been gaining more and more importance for me lately.
As a child, I do not remember the specific gifts I received for birthdays and holidays. Of course, a few stand out, especially if there was something that I really wanted that year, but for the most part the material gifts did not mark the occasion.
Do you know what moments really stand out from my childhood? The traditions.
Special Valentine's Day cookies that were only made once a year
Easter chocolate hunts with hand-written notes in special Easter Bunny writing (I wish I still had some of those)
Table set in the same way each year for specific celebrations
It was special. It was important. It was family.
If you're feeling monumentally stressed out about trying to "do it all", just stop. Gather a few ideas below for simple celebrations and traditions. Pick what works best for you, or create your own tradition.
(+) I've recently finished Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home where she writes about her tradition of celebrating holiday breakfasts.
(+) Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom has compiled two video shorts about Birthday Traditions. I love these, they are a must-watch!
(+) Create a yarn trail leading to little gifts
Honor moments in the same way every year. That's the perfect gift.