Each year The Nutcracker grabbed this Little Girl heart. The glorious gowns, the party, the Hero.
(Heros, that’s another Lovely Story…)
Central Oregon’s local production .School of Ballet had became a tradition with friends, giving us an opportunity to dress up, gather and celebrate GIRLS ONLY. (ask me about the year we unwisely bent that rule. Hint: it involves two of the mothers exchanging criticisms about those unruly boys we could hear from the nosebleed seating and why were their mothers NOT doing something…only to realize… yep!) Each year the high school opens it’s doors. The production is lovely and amusing . If ever you are here we shall dress up, go to dinner and see The Nutcracker. (Note: the inclusion of male types will be on a case by case basis) 🙂
Another Central Oregon Tradition for 11 years minus 1, has been this~
The Sunriver-resort. Gingerbread Junction. A mom and kids tradition, it’s really not Christmas until this. Pulling up to the Lodge recently, lovely little families were strolling and biking (it’s been wonderfully mild here). Sitting in my car the Traditions of Old glided softly by. Young eyes glowing bright gazing at packages under the Tree. Hot chocolate and candy canes. Tree lightings, Christmas School Programs, parades, caroling.
I didn’t go in. No sadness or tears. Just sweet remembrances and memories. Sledding and falling. Late nights building gingerbread houses, reading Twas The Night Before Christmas, baking Christmas Cookies to sneak to the neighbors’, filling each others stocking to hang them with care.
Driving away, a line from a movie came to mind “Just cause it doesn’t end happy doesn’t mean there were not happy moments.” Tis true. Thank you Hallmark.
And who knows. There’s still time. I may even start a New Tradition. Cause really how fun is this?
Then again~how fun is this?
Wishing You remembrances of Happy Times and dreams of New, even Happier, Traditions.
Cause two are better than one~ add Santa and it’s a Celebration!