We have several holiday traditions, just like every family, I'm sure. Today I thought I'd share a few....
Just after Thanksgiving each year I get out our collection of Christmas hats. They are up for grabs for anyone who wants to wear one anytime for the rest of the season.
I always encourage the kids to wear them when we get our tree.
We always select the biggest fresh cut tree we can possibly fit in our home.
Every single year Nakiah wants to be hands on in the selection process and every year he narrowly avoids getting crushed by a falling tree.
Once we get the tree home we put on National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (our family favorite) and I break out the egg nog and Hottie says the joke, "little full, lot a sap," about 5 times regarding the tree. (a la Chevy Chase).
This year it was especially fitting because our tree is huge and has these crazy long branches.
Sometimes he thinks he is Chevy Chase in National Lampoons.
We also have a small selection of Christmas attire and will wear red/green whenever possible in December...
Especially while making our gingerbread houses....
We also make a lot of treats during this time... this year I added a few more easy ones to the list.
We make those with an endless loop of Christmas tunes and movies going on in the background.... all while sipping hot chocolate or egg nog or spicy cider from our holiday mugs...
We also like to read a lot of different Christmas stories.
A new tradition that I am so glad we started this year is the Elf on the Shelf.... I am sure you've heard about this unless, of course, you've been living under a rock. We named ours Buddy McElfersteen. He is bananas. I love him. So do the kids.
Another new tradition is listening to Christmas records. I have memories of my Dad playing records for us growing up and how happy that made me so it dawned on me that I should do this for my kids. They are loving it!
Oh, and I like to read The Night Before Christmas to them and watch the original Grinch on Christmas Eve. So! That's us! Not too exciting, but memorable for the kids I think. I wonder which ones they will choose to carry on with their families later in life. What traditions do you have?