Holiday Traditions

Taking a moment to share with you some of my favorite holiday traditions.

I absolutely love Christmastime. I am like a little Mrs. Claus/the head elf of the workshop and I absolutely love every second of it! I think one of the best parts of the holidays is creating and continuing traditions with those that you love.

Today I am sharing with you some traditions that my husband and I have started over the Christmases that we have shared together so far.

The first is one that we started the very first Christmas we had in our home. On Christmas Eve, before we fill each other’s stockings and head to bed, Chad and I exchange ornaments. We each pick out an ornament for the other person that some how represents our past year. I love this tradition because each ornament has it’s own story and sentimental value. Each ornament is a thoughtful gift and allows us to reflect on special memories every year when we decorate our tree.

Another one of our holiday traditions is our annual pj/movie/gingerbread house decorating day. We do this every year the Saturday before Christmas. We stay in our pajamas and spend the day binge watching some of our favorite holiday movies and put together our gingerbread house. It’s a fun way to cross a couple of things off our our “to do” list while being lazy and cozy at home.

Some of our “must watch” holiday movies include:

  • Elf
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Love Actually
  • Home Alone
  • A Muppet’s Christmas Carol
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Frosty the Snowman

Lastly, we do our local “trail of lights” tour. Businesses from our town sponsor different themed light displays that all get set up through our regional park. Chad and I take our dog Nash, stop by our local Starbucks for one of their holiday menu items and drive through the lights while listening to Christmas music. I think that most cities have their own version of a light tour so if you haven’t checked out your local one, I suggest you make it your goal to try it this year!

Each year I come up with one idea that is a gift to both Chad & I. Something that we can do together, some sort of “date night”. For example, our first Christmas in our home I put together a movie basket with popcorn, drinks, 2 boxes of our favorite candies and a DVD of a newly released movie. Another year I picked up a gift card from one of our favorite restaurants and a new shirt for each of us to wear out for the date. I wrap the gift up, sign it from Santa (because he’s a busy guy and could use a little help sometimes from us elves) and leave it under the tree on Christmas Eve. It’s just a fun way to pre-plan a date night. It gives us some time for just the two of us after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

The great thing about traditions is that you can keep starting new ones! I can’t wait to see what other traditions we begin through the years.

What kind of holiday traditions do you have? What new ones would you like to start?

Remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas. Y’all come back now!

Kayla

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