I realize Christmas has already passed. But I feel it’s important to hit on traditions, especially any fun ones that are great to share to give someone a new idea.
Before C-Man was born, I didn’t carry on many Christmas traditions after moving out. We visited family, opened presents, but there wasn’t much that I did to make it anything special. Once, I found out I was pregnant, I started picturing all the wonderful things I could start doing to make the holidays special.
As C-Man is just under two, we don’t go too crazy with our celebratory traditions. We, well I, start setting up Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving. I prefer the day after but we were visiting Mr. H’s parents and it didn’t start till the Monday after. I love getting the tree out and looking through all the ornaments. My tree only gets half decorated as my cute little toddler likes to pull down ornaments and attempt to eat them. (And yes, it’s really cute and really frustrating!)
Sometime in the month of December, I normally like to bake cookies too. This year, I didn’t make it around to baking any cookies. All the warm weather kind of ruined my mood for getting cozy with hot chocolate and homemade Christmas cookies. Next year, C-Man will be old enough and big enough to help mix and decorate and I can’t wait.
Another fun tradition I started last year with C-Man’s first Christmas was a Christmas Eve box. It’s one of those silly things that floats around on Facebook and Pinterest. After seeing it, I fell in love with it and made it happen. For now, our Christmas Eve box includes brand new PJ’s for the whole family (which all have a matching theme), The Night Before Christmas board book, and a movie (or two.) Last year our Christmas Eve PJ’s were Superman themed and this year were Ninja Turtle themed. If you’ve never done a Christmas Eve box, I highly recommend adding it to your traditions. It’s a nice way to curb those anxious tendencies to open a present before Christmas day.
And my last Christmas tradition that I was pleasantly surprised by was going out on Christmas Eve to look at lights. Mr. H decided to stay home but C-Man and I drove around some random roads looking to see who might have decorated with lights. I wasn’t expecting to find much as there aren’t any big light displays in my area. However, I found a few good streets with quite a few houses covered in lights. And the best part was the little nook of a neighborhood that was lined with luminaries. Luminaries were a big part of my childhood that I haven’t brought back yet. Once C-Man can understand the whole Santa Claus phenomena, I’ll bust out the luminaries for him too.
Our traditions are pretty simple but they are very enjoyable. I would love to hear about your holiday traditions. What are you favorites? What tradition can you not live without?