ITS CHRISTMAS TIME ITS CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!
Don’t mind me, I’m just a little bit excited. Christmas is just so exciting and obviously my favorite time of year. My family does Christmas big and it has always been a magical time for me. I remember being a kid and counting down the days until Christmas, just wishing the day would come faster. Now, I know that the magic of Christmas is found in the celebrating and the traditions leading up to Christmas Day, and I want those days to slow down so I can enjoy every moment. Having lots of different traditions is what makes it all so fun and exciting for me. And now that I have a daughter, I love passing on those traditions and enjoying them with her!
Family Traditions I Grew Up With
Driving Around to Look at Christmas Lights
My parents used to pack all seven of us in a car and we would drive around and look at Christmas lights while singing Christmas songs in the car. It was always so much fun and a great bonding experience for all of us.
Cutting Down Our Christmas Tree
This wasn’t something we did every year but the memories I have of driving up to a tree farm, walking around in the snow, and searching for the PERFECT tree are some of my absolute favorites.
This was a family favorite of ours. Every year on Christmas Eve we would pick names out of a hat, head to target, split up into groups, and find our secret Santa presents for each other, within our price limit. We would run around the store trying to spy on each other’s groups and sneak pictures of them shopping. It was so fun and so competitive. Then we would always go get lunch right after and then go see a movie together(that one hasn’t happened much since the babies have joined the family).
Not long after moving to California, our family started throwing annual Christmas parties at our house. They started off small, but eventually became big events for all of our family and friends. We would have a million different cookies and treats, punch and eggnog, and most years we even did talent shows. I absolutely loved hosting those every year and celebrating with all of our friends and family.
Christmas Eve Dinner and Movie
Every Christmas Eve night we had our traditional dinner spread of crackers, a cheeseball, hickory farms sausage, chips and French onion dip. We would snack away while we watched a good Christmas movie, usually something funny! Then we would open our Christmas Eve presents, which was always something to sleep with that night (pajamas, slippers, pillowcases, blankets-one year my mom even made pillows for each of us).
Okay, obviously everyone has stockings, that’s not unique. But our stockings were special because my mom made them all and they were so beautiful and amazing, and every year when she pulled them out of storage, it was exciting and special to see our handmade stockings!
Lots and lots of Christmas puzzles!!
Traditions We Do With Our Family Now
This is one I adopted from my husband. He has lots of memories making gingerbread houses with his family, so every year since we’ve been married we make one! It’s a fun and yummy tradition, and I’m sure Kennedy is going to love this one this year!
This is one we’ve started since having Kennedy, but we do matching Christmas Eve Pajamas. We open up one big Christmas Eve box with pajamas for everyone, a tree ornament, a new movie and a new Christmas book for Kennedy, all things for us to wind down with on Christmas Eve night.
Boise’s Festival of Trees
Every year since we’ve lived in Boise we’ve attended the Festival of Trees here put on by St. Alphonsus Hospital, and it is always so much fun! There are so many beautifully decorated trees on display, as well as wreaths, and activities for kids and performances going on and photos with Santa! It’s an awesome event that we look forward to every year!
Making and Decorating Sugar Cookies
Who doesn’t love making cookies for Christmas? I especially love doing the sugar cookies and getting creative with the decorating! It’s so fun to do and even kids love helping out.
Playing in the Snow
Now that we live somewhere where it snows every year (unlike California) we always make sure to go out at least once and enjoy the fun snow! Whether it’s sledding, making snowmen, or having a snowball fight, we love to go out and play in the winter wonderland!
Getting Our Tree Right After Thanksgiving
Every Year we go out the day after Thanksgiving to get our Christmas tree and start decorating the whole house! We want Christmas as soon as possible around here! If it were up to me we would get our tree up even before that, but then it way too soon, so I settle for the Friday after Thanksgiving! This year we plan on going to a tree farm to cut one down which I am so excited for, and hopefully that will become one of our new family traditions.
Those are all of the fun Christmas Traditions my family enjoys! I love hearing about the traditions others have that are unique and different, so please share your family’s favorites with us! We’d love to hear them! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season this year!!