There are gifts under the tree that finally has lights, we just finished our mantle (details in an upcoming post!) and my parents surprised us with a quick 24-hour visit and now it officially feels like Christmas!
There has been quite a bit of tradition talk in our house lately. We’re starting a family, the holidays are here and we are hosting our first Christmas ever – at our under-renovation home. Since we are hosting Steph’s family (mine is heading to New Jersey), I want to be mindful of honoring their traditions while still including a few that I grew up with. It’s a lot of pressure, not to mention tricky to combine the traditions that are meaningful to us separately and create new ones that are unique to us as a couple.
- Cut down our own Christmas tree, but on American Thanksgiving (I would love to start a Thankful tree on Canadian Thanksgiving and fill it in until American Thanksgiving, where we take the day off and watch the parade, bake and cut down our tree!)
- Paint a new Christmas ornament every year
- Have turkey on Christmas Day
- Include a fish dish on Christmas Eve (Italian tradition!)
- Candy in your Christmas stocking
- Sing Christmas songs and have someone dress up as Santa to drop off presents (this has been a Christmas Eve tradition in my family for over 50 years)
- Make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning
- Christmas Eve PJs!
Painting ornaments this year with my sister in law, who has the best collection of paint, ever!
And here are a few that I would like to include as our family grows…
- Attend a Christmas choir concert
- Go to the local tree lighting ceremony
- Build a gingerbread house
- Read Christmas books underneath the Christmas tree
- Read a Christmas scripture countdown (I’m currently following this one!)
- Create an advent calendar for our family that is service-oriented
I don’t know what it says about us that a chunk of these traditions revolve around food :) And even though traditions are great and create a tangible way to show what Christmas means to you as a family, it’s most important that we teach our kids to experience the true meaning of Christmas.
Steph and I are both so attached to traditions and to the idea of creating new ones, it really makes me look forward to the future as a sweet little family of three! I’m sure the holidays next year will feel completely different being a mama:)
I hope you are taking a few minutes to slow down and enjoy the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas!