Considering E is only 4 months old this Christmas, it makes some family traditions a little more unrealistic. Basically, they are more for hubs & I to get a practice run before the real deal next year! Christmas is one of my very favorite times of the year, so I am so excited to start family Christmas traditions.
Mike gives me a hard time because of how excited I get, but I think he’s mostly worried that I’m going to go tradition crazy. There might be validatation in that concern, because I have SO MANY ideas. But I am just so excited. For me, Christmas is all about making memories all December long & enjoying your time together as a family. Traditions help ensure that you are guaranteed at least a few special moments amongst the hectic holiday time.
The main things that are important to my family during the holiday season are giving back, making memories & mementos (keepsakes & photos) & food! There’s no way to predict what will be that traditions that stick, the ones that last 20 years. But many of my tradition ideas are focused around the making memories aspect, and that can include failed tradition attempts. Half the fun is figuring out what works, anyway! Who knows, I might have a kid who hates sweets & that throws half the food ideas I have out the window, lol!
Here’s a list of what I’m thinking.. I would love to hear about your family traditions or any suggestions you might add to my ideas! It takes a village, #amiright?!
- Christmas Crafts
- footprint art (obvs)
- annual ornaments
- reindeer food
- Family Photos
- Christmas Card style
- with Santa
- Christmas morning before & after opening presents
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Movies
- ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas
- Home videos from year before
- baking/decorating Christmas cookies
- homemade Chex mix (delish! let me know if you want recipe)
- gingerbread house
- hot cocoa
- fondue/appetizers Christmas Eve
- Giving Back
- Advent Calendar/25 books of Christmas
- Pick out & cut down Christmas tree together
- Christmas Lights
- Decorate the house December 1st
- Drive around the neighborhood
- One from Santa (same wrapping paper each year)
- Want, Need, Wear, Read
- Letter to Santa
- Go to the Christmas Parade
This list is pretty lengthy….& I’m cutting myself off early, ha! We might run out of room in December trying to do all this, but it’s worth a shot! What are you favorite or go-to Christmas traditions? Have you tried & succeeded (or failed) at any of the above ones? Can’t wait to hear about your experiences! 🙂