*this is a repost from the archives. Enjoy!
The number of traditions our family does seems to be growing. I guess I’m a sucker for traditions!
Christmas Lights In P. J.’s
New Christmas Music
Every year we get a new CD. This year I downloaded the Surfjan Steven’s Christmas album from itunes. I love me a banjo!
Christmas Story Book
It’s fun to see our collection growing, we get a new one every year. “The Nativity” is by far the most unique, but their favorite is “If This Were A Fairy Tale”
Popcorn Tin & Sparkling Grape Juice
We eat popcorn from the tin and drink the juice in fancy glasses while we put up the Christmas tree. My girls fight for the cheese popcorn, Todd and I are usually stuck with the butter and caramel popcorn. I love using the tins to store Christmas lights and decorations, we have about 10 of them and they stack nicely.
My cousin, Keeli, has a cookie exchange every year. At least 8 yrs ago, she had us bring over 15 dozen cookies! That was the first time I made Andes Mint Cookies, and have been making them every year, ever since! Click here for the recipe.
We eat at the mall food court and then go visit Santa for a picture. My girls have never believed in Santa, but they (at least the younger two) like pretending that he exists. I love comparing the pictures from year to year. This year, Santa was in some CRAZY pajama’s. I’m not sure where his suit was, maybe he couldn’t afford it due to the economy..
Stockings and Santa gifts
My girls wake up on Christmas morning to 3 piles of presents with a full stocking in front of each pile. They find their pile, plop down by it, and pretty much don’t move until we are done opening all the presents. (well, maybe to get a cinnamon roll and juice.) The presents all say “from Santa,” but as they get older they make sure to let me know I’m not fooling them. My parents always did it this way with us so I guess that is why I do it, too!
We make them every year– it used to be gingerbread houses, but I like simple, so now we are sticking to sugar cookies. This year it was so easy! They rolled, cut, frosted, and sprinkled all by themselves. I just organized it all and had oven duty. They are getting so big!
The Nativity Movie
This is a new tradition. We started it last year. My girls REALLY got into it this year and loved every minute of it. It was so great! We had to keep pausing the movie to talk about what was going on, answer their questions, and explain details to them. (there are some intense scenes that were important to talk through) I really feel like they learned a lot of details that can get missed in our story books. When it ended, my middle girl said “Mom, I just loved that. It is my favorite movie.“
We have a bunch of extended family traditions, but I thought I’d stick to what my own little family does together. Christmas is such a wonderful time to spend time together and teach our girls what all this celebrating is REALLY about…the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.