The holidays can be so emotional. It can be so crazy hectic, busy, overwhelming, stressful. And it can also be happy, joyous, fun, and maybe even sometimes sad remembering those who are not here with us to celebrate. This is why I like to look forward to traditions every year. They make me feel happy and complete. Also it is something I can pass down to my kids as well. I want to share with you some of my familys traditions just in case you need ideas to start your own!
When I was growing up I spent a lot of time with my Grandparents and we always had traditions. They were so special to me as a child and I hold them dearly to my heart. That is the same feeling I want my own kids to have.
Every year we would help decorate the Christmas tree and my Grandma always insisted all the decorations be red. Even the lights on the house that Grandpa put up was red. That was her favorite color for her decorations. While we decorated we would drink hot chocolate, have a fire going in the fireplace and listen to Alabama Christmas on the tape player over and over again (and yes sing along!).
Christmas morning was always really special as well. My Grandma is the best cook and always cooked from scratch. I have learned so much from her in the kitchen. She would make a giant batch of home made biscuits and scratch gravy. It was the perfect “warm our tummy breakfast” before presents. Then we would all take turns opening our gifts and showing our gratitude. Even though I grew up with very little, it is these traditions that are priceless.
Now that I have my own family, my husband and I have started our own traditions with our two boys (age 2 and 5). My husband and I put together one special gift for each boy to open on Christmas Eve. And in that box is Christmas pajamas (matching of course!) and one small toy or book. That way they can be ready for Santa in the right pajamas, and Carters is always great to find these pajamas at.
And for the last couple years now that he is big enough, my older son has been helping me make cookies for Santa. He writes out his own note to Santa which I save every year in his baby book and leaves it out with the cookies. In the morning Santa (Daddy) has eaten all the cookies and wrote him back and note.
We also go to Bass Pro Shop every year for our Santa pictures. They are free (one 4x6 print) but you can always purchase more. They do a wonderful job decorating and making it feel like you have went to the North Pole! They do free activities for the kids and it’s such a great experience.
Here are my little Christmas elves from last year 2017 in there matching pjs. It was so special because we had a White Christmas and their Grandma was in town with us. Memories to cherish for sure. I would love to hear all about your Christmas traditions and how your family celebrates the holiday. I would love to put together a list of tradition recommendations in the future and you could be quoted!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!