We are already establishing our own "family traditions" for the holidays: We each will buy 2 christmas ornaments per year for the tree. It will be sparse at first, but there will be memories for the kids to take with them when they move out. And we can start all over again
Don't be nervous Kitten! We're glad you decided to join us. I am so happy to hear that YOU won't be raising your children in a religion that teaches shunning. Can you imagine your children shunning you or vice versa? The religion to teaches you to fear man (the organization). They gradually put Jesus in the background so you won't have a hope in his ransom sacrifice. They tell you that God won't hear your prayers, which completely goes against what Jesus' ransom sacrifice was all about!
When you shake in your boots, you're shaking at the organization teachings. You will learn to substitute the real knowledge about the religion into your way of life, which is going to be hard, but not impossible. It will make you SO angry when you come to the realization of how the organization bent your mind, but at the same time, you'll be gaining more and more freedom of thinking and rationalization.
I could go on and on, but I won't.