I wouldn't say that either Dave or I grew up with traditions. There may have been things that we did every year, but nothing like a "trumps all else" type of tradition that we knew that we can count on every single year.
In the past 8 years, Dave and I have been a part of 2 yearly traditions. One we started on our own, and one that we stumbled upon in 2006 when we made a trip to the pumpkin patch with some of our best friends and Merrick's best friend.
I think the pictures tell the story better than I could. So here is our tradition, in pictures...
FALL 2006- Pumpkins and Pines
FALL 2007 - Pumpkins Galore
FALL 2008 - Pumpkins Galore
FALL 2009 - Aholt Farms
FALL 2010 - Valley Farms
FALL 2011- Valley Farms
FALL 2012 - Pumpkins Galore
So, that's the story. And if I have any say so, we will still be telling the same story, albeit a little longer, for 15 or 20 more years. Who knows, maybe our kids will eventually tell the same story. :)