Creating Tradition by Heidi O’Brien

December 06, 2012

Posted By: Shaunescy

Looking back at my childhood during Christmas time, it becomes obvious that every single holiday tradition that was a part of my life involved family.  With twenty plus cousins, four grandparents and endless aunts and uncles it’s no wonder every holiday activity involved family. 

Our traditional family Christmas included a football game, the gift exchange that over the years grew to have close to a hundred rules to abide by, and the must have Lithuanian bacon buns.  Now I’m a thousand miles away from those people who made my childhood something special.  And, even if I were to return, half of them would no longer be there. 

As my children have grown up so far away from most of my family, I have been determined to introduce traditions to them that will make their Christmas memories complete.  I have now realized that it’s silly to work at traditions; they just naturally fall in place and this event has become our tradition.

This weekend we will be heading to the Lewis & Clark Library for Children’s Holiday Program with SANTA!  This year the event, which is co-hosted by the Library and Downtown Helena, will also feature the Capital High Drama Students.  I wonder if some of these students remembering attending the event as a child? It was in place December of 1991.

I look forward to children’s librarian aka Elf Candice sprinkling me with her elf dust.  As she does, I anticipate the magic of the holiday and the magic of tradition will spread over me.  One day maybe my boys will be taking their children to the Lewis & Clark Library for this event.

The Details:


Saturday, December 8

Children’s Holiday Program from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.

Clothing and Disposable Diaper Drive sponsored by Helena Family Fun from 10:00 am to 11:15.


Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch

For More Information

Ph. 406-447-1690 x. 124


We are so pleased to have Heidi O'Brien blogging for us from Helena! Heidi is the Executive Director of the Helena Tourism Alliance and mother of two young boys. For more Helena event information visit .

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