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Perspective: Family Traditions

Like many folks, I look forward to the holiday season every year. I love the extra time we get to spend together when our kids come home, and I always enjoy visiting with extended family. I love the fall flavors that come with pumpkin and apple pies, and over the past few years, I’ve even enjoyed learning how to deep-fry a turkey – it’s become a new family tradition.

Speaking of traditions, my family has a lot of them. One of my favorite traditions is helping decorate our house for the holidays. We typically start by getting the boxes of decorations out of the garage and assembling the pre-lit Christmas tree. But this year is going to be a little different. As my kids have gotten older, we’ve had to modify our traditions a bit to accommodate busy schedules and extended families. Take this year for example. Since we are so spread out, we won’t all be together for Christmas. But we do have big plans for Thanksgiving. So this year, we are trying our hand at a “Thanksgiving tree,” decorated in all the fall colors to make the house feel extra festive for our family gathering. And who knows – this could be the start of a new tradition in our house.

We’ve also started some other new traditions over the years. When the pandemic started, my wife learned how to quilt. She gathered the supplies and equipment she needed and even brings projects with us on vacation. She’s all about quilting now – and she’s good at it. Last year, she created some homemade, quilted gifts for friends and family. To me, those homemade gifts are the best kind of gifts you can receive, and I’m excited to see the joy she brings in this new tradition she’s started.

As a cooperative, our traditions are strong as well. I’m glad we can continue those traditions – old and new – with our members. We enjoyed seeing members at our 82nd Annual Meeting in September and appreciate your involvement in the cooperative. More than 80 years of meeting together is special, and I’m thankful for that tradition. We also just wrapped up our yearly tradition of surprising local educators as our latest Bright Idea grant winners. We’ve always been proud to support our community and local schools. And coming up in December is an annual cooperative tradition I know our members love most – receiving their margin refund checks in the mail. Yay!

Whatever your holiday traditions may be, I hope you’ll have the opportunity to slow down, relax and enjoy some time with friends and family. In the meantime, we’ll keep the lights on here at the co-op and continue to celebrate the traditions we share with you, our members. Happy Holidays!

Do you have a favorite family or cooperative tradition? Share it with me at [email protected].