Looking back on my family’s holiday traditions, I’m filled with a nostalgic blend of happiness and hazy remembrance. I can’t always remember every detail of each Christmas, but there are certain constants I’ve come to look forward to and appreciate each year: mom’s hot cocoa, trimming the douglas fir while watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and quoting every word, making Mimi’s tea cakes, driving around to look at Christmas lights, and so many more! It’s funny, because I never really thought about why we did what we did every year at Christmas until I got married and realized someone started those traditions to make everything so special. Those traditions, started by my parents or grandparents, made Christmas feel like Christmas. Now with Annie we’ve been thinking of what our traditions are going to be as a family of three. Here are three traditions we are starting this year:
Read A Christmas Carol
I’ve been wanting to do this for years but usually defer to watching one of the many versions my Dad has in his Christmas movie library – my favorite being A Muppets Christmas Carol. I committed last week to finish the Dickens classic before Christmas Eve and am loving it so far.
Matching Christmas Pjs
As newlyweds we bought each other fun pjs as Christmas Eve gifts, so now we’re taking it a step further with matching, er, coordinating pjs. Is there anything cuter than a babe in holiday-themed footie pajamas?
Dinner, Santa and Christmas lights
We plan on going to an early dinner (because, baby bedtime), taking Annie to see Santa and then go see the Christmas Lights at the park. In my head I see this being like a scene from a Hallmark Christmas movie, but with a teething 15 month old everything’s a gamble. Currently she points to every Santa/Frosty/Rudolph and says “Ho Ho Ho” so fingers crossed she’ll be a natural.
Christmas Eve late night date night with Taylor
The next day will be all about the babe and family merriment so I love the idea of setting aside quality time with Taylor on one of our favorite nights of the year after everyone’s in bed. I’m thinking a cheese plate, chocolate in some form and The Holiday.
What are your favorite holiday traditions?