My husband and I went on our first date TEN YEARS ago on December 21, 2004! Today, we are raising two beautiful children with the cutest personalities and we are finally settling into our first house that we just bought together. This will be the first of many Christmases in our new home, where we plan on creating many happy memories and family traditions.
I was inspired by Heather, who writes at Rhinos to Rugrats, to create our own family Christmas tradition starting this year. Heather’s family prepares for Christmas by unwrapping and reading one Advent book each night throughout the month of December. Her traditions hold deep and meaningful religious values and I encourage you to check out her blog. While our family tends to celebrate a more secular version of Christmas, we still enjoy a family-oriented season filled with happiness, laughter, generosity and gratitude.
Our Own Family Christmas Tradition
Every year we enjoy decorating for Christmas with a live, White Pine Christmas tree. We turn on favorite Christmas songs and spend the entire evening decorating our home. We hang ornaments, bows, garland, and lights around the tree and our home fills with a lovely pine scent. We hang stockings and set out figurines of Santa Clause, Gingerbread Men, Frosty the Snowman, and angels. I pull out my Christmas table cloth and pine cone centerpiece with candles that smell like sugar cookies, peppermint candy canes, hot buttered maple syrup, or pumpkin pie. We have a lot of fun.
Throughout the month of December, we attend holiday parties with extended family. We share food and stories and exchange gifts. At home, I like to bake Christmas cookies and make Christmas chocolates and candies. My children and I will be setting out cookies for Santa and his reindeer. We might even leave him a special thank you note.
I want to add an extra, special part to our family Christmas tradition that I hope to continue each year. I wrapped up new Christmas books for each of my children to open up on Christmas Eve. After ‘pajama time’ and setting out milk and cookies for Santa, we will snuggle up on the couch next to the Christmas tree and read the stories. It will be a very simple way to add extra time with our children before the Christmas Day hustle and bustle. We already typically have story time at bedtime, but this is a nice way to spice it up and make it special for Christmas. Even better, “Daddy” will be home to join in since he was granted vacation days on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year.
Two more days until Christmas!