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Children and Rituals

For many years my family has celebrated New Year’s Eve in Sedona at a shared condo.  Off and on since 2003 we’ve conducted a hat-designing contest where items found in the condo are fashioned into ridiculous headgear.  This year my thought was to skip the contest.  I didn’t pack extra props as in some years past and it seemed like a tradition we could safely leave behind.

That opinion was not shared by our 9-year-old granddaughter.  “Amma, did you bring things for us to make hats?” she asked.  When I told her I hadn’t she declared that she was sure we had enough stuff right there and we should once again have the contest.

As you can imagine, that’s what happened.  One grandson elected to be the judge and create the ribbons while the other meticulously fashioned a hat from a colander and hundreds of little circles created with a paper punch and a small rubber airplane he’d discovered.  Our granddaughter found silk flowers and used another colander as a base to create a very clever fancy hat with a Happy New Year sign affixed to it.

We paraded around and awards were given.  By the way, in my contests everyone receives an award.

I’m guessing that next year I’ll bring supplies.  Afterall, rituals must be honored.  It’s a tradition!