As a little girl, I loved when it was time for my mother to make sugar cookies and colored frosting. She didn’t bake a lot (and by “a lot,” I mean, “ever.” I am my mother’s daughter, clearly.) but these were the exception.
Rolling out the dough, laughing, listening to music and then choosing just the right amount of shapes for each section was always a highlight for me.
And when I look back, I remember it being idyllic.
But when I tried it with my own kids, I realized it was, well, NOT.
Flour everywhere. Tiny, unwashed hands digging into the bowl and shoving handfuls in mouths before I could stop them. Fighting over who had more reindeer shapes and the warm, weird, limp thing that happens when dough has been manhandled for 20 straight minutes by toddlers.
I wanted a few cute photos. Partly because I wanted them to look back and see a beautiful childhood, but also because something about that tradition would make me feel like a great mom.
I know the imperfect is supposed to be alright, but sometimes it’s just depressing.
And I’m ashamed to say that many times I have let my expectations rob my experiences when I should have just loved them for what they were.
What traditions have you tried and felt “less than pleased” about afterward? What did you do to try and redeem them (and your emotions about them?) As the new year gets started, what can we do to make our own traditions without getting caught up in the ideal?
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