Holiday traditions are fun and important. In fact, Marriage and Family research shows, that “Traditions are the cement that keeps the family together . . . and help you withstand the storms that come.”
One of our harvest time family traditions is to visit a pumpkin patch, pick a pumpkin, and bring it home to carve it.
It’s fun to go to a farm and look for the perfect pumpkin. I wonder, Will it be big, medium or small? Will it be green, white or orange in color? Will we free hand our design and rough cut it with a table knife or will we use special stencils and delicate carving tools?
It delights my heart, as a parent, to watch my children squeal with delight as they make many choices such as where to place our pumpkin. Do we put it on the porch or do we perch it on the windowsill?
When our kids were younger, we hosted annual pumpkin carving contests in our backyard. We’d invite friends and family to join us, and it was a blast to see how everyone’s pumpkin came out.
We’d set up tables with newspaper to catch all the leftover pulp, and place pumpkin carving utensils/stencils out.
Our family also collects pumpkin seeds, sprinkles salt, and bakes them at 300F for approximately 45 minutes or until brown. Yum!
What is your family tradition during the harvest season? Does your children’s school or church group host an annual harvest festival? Do you go on any special field trips? I’d love to hear your thoughts/suggestions. Feel free to comment below.