Our tradition was that Grandma and Grandpa would come over every Christmas morning to watch the kids open Santa’s gifts. It was a long standing tradition that was eighteen years in the making. Then…they grew up. Yes, 2016 was the year that Santa didn’t come anymore as our children had aged off his list. So what could we do to make it fun again? The plastic wrap ball game came to the rescue.
I bought some fun items, candy, and added money. Then I wrapped it all in a big ball of plastic wrap. Now, I learned quickly that the ball needed to be many pieces of plastic wrap so one lucky player didn’t get all the goodies.
This year’s ball is already under the tree and waiting for Grandma and Grandpa to join us so they can unwrap their ball. Many pieces of wrap have been used this year, and next year I won’t skimp on the $1 a roll wrap either. It doesn’t quite stick like the good stuff does.
It’s hard to give up traditions, but it’s fun to start new ones. Kids get older. It happens. The magic doesn’t have to leave Christmas though. It’s a great time to just share with one another. And if you can have some fun laughing too, then it’s all the better.