Memories are at the heart of traditions

by Lisa Hauf, NDFB Director of Public Relations

The end of the year is a time of reflection. We look back on what we have achieved and how much has changed. We think about all those people who are no longer with us, and all the things that have been lost to us as we grow older.

We also think about what will happen in the future, how our lives will change, how our children will grow up, and how they might not want to do any of the things we enjoyed doing when we were their age. We might also wonder if there are any traditions that will still exist in 50 years’ time.

Personally, I’m not too concerned with traditions, but more about the memories being made and the stories that will be told in 50 years. Some of my favorite memories in the wintertime are made around our ice rink. This is our third year of having a rink for the family. It’s a lot of work and can be frustrating at times. My youngest child seems to constantly be in need of something.

Mom, I don’t want my face mask on.

Dad, my helmet is hurting my head.

Dad, I want different gloves.

Mom, I’m thirsty and need a snack.

But, when we are all together, laughing and having fun, it is worth every second.

As we go through these next few weeks, reminiscing about the past and sharing stories of loved ones, remember what made all those moments memorable. Was it the traditions, the laughter, or the people who surrounded you? Maybe it was grandma’s food, or your Uncle Steve making everyone blush with his silly jokes. I cherish our annual family photo on the couch.

It’s easy to forget that what we are going through now is just as important as what was before us. Our present is the only thing we have control over, and our future will be what we make it.

This year, take time to reminisce while also making your own moments to cherish.

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