I am all about traditions, in fact, when Bryan and I first got married- I was determined to have traditions for everything at Christmas. I was of the mindset that you created traditions, and you kept up with them no matter what. It was one of those, “we are going to make memories whether you like it or not” kind of deals. Needless to say, it caused several arguments for Bryan and I. I have loosened up over the years for sure, but we still do have traditions that we do each year- if at all possible.
Many of you know that last year, we spent most of December and some of January in the hospital with Gus. We definitely didn’t do many of our Christmas traditions last year, but we had to help our baby get healthy again, so that was OK.
This year, instead of creating my own, our family is using Kelle Hampton’s Holiday bucket list to help us figure out some fun things to do at this time of year. You can find it here.
Today, I want to share with you some of our family traditions, and I would love to hear about yours.
Advent- This is so important to us. We want to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and teach our kids that it is not all about presents. We have been using the Jesus Storybook Bible Advent reading for 3 years. I made a felt tree for Dex with ornaments that went along with each day- and they are looking a little worn- I am hoping to have them repaired and looking like new for next year. This year, our awesome church provided us with a new Jesus Storybook Bible, the advent reading plan and little cards with pictures on them to help us remember what we talk about each day.
Christmas Eve- we have our own Christmas Eve tradition, and we try to make sure we don’t plan anything on the Night before Christmas. (lol) We go to our Christmas Eve service at church, then to my parents for lunch and to celebrate Christmas with them. That evening, we bake and decorate Christmas cookies to leave out for Santa, snuggle up to watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and open a gift of our new Christmas pjs. Once the kiddos go to bed, Bryan and I watch SNL Christmas and work on the final touches for Christmas morning.
Christmas lights in our PJs- We always drive around one evening the week of Christmas and look at the Christmas lights in our area. Bryan and I get a warm drink from Starbucks, and Dex gets his shaken green tea. It is one of my favorite times of the year.
The Family Stone- This is a movie that we have to watch every year. We watch many other Christmas movies throughout the season, but this is at the top of our list. We love this one, and never get tired of it. It’s one we can watch without falling asleep. Hahaha
Christmas morning- We get up, see what Santa brought, and have a nice slow morning. My parents come by for breakfast, and see what Santa brought the kids. We usually have the Disney parade on as well, shocker, I know.
I think this year, we will continue with our tradition of waffle house for Christmas Day lunch. We had it last year at the hospital since it was the only thing that was open, and I think we may adopt it as a new tradition! :)
I would love to hear about some of your favorite holiday traditions!
Come back Friday to see how we handle Santa gifts in our home!
I leave you with my very favorite SNL Christmas skit ever. It’s not Christmas season until I watch it a million times.