Holidays are our favorite times of the year and we have always relished in traditions we can carry out every single year. Having kids makes you even more of a traditionalist, I think, and being able to share those traditions with multiple kids makes the magic…well…more magical.
We started the “Elf on the Shelf” this year (I know, I know….I’m way behind) and it’s going hilariously well. The boys are just positively smitten with the whole idea and swear he moves and does things right in front of their eyes. Oh the power of the mind. He is named “Bronco” (because that’s an obvious name for this house) and hasn’t done anything too mischievous yet but I’m betting he will before it’s all said and done.
Another tradition we enjoy is grabbing hot chocolate/coffee and driving around looking for Christmas lights. We do this closer to actual Christmas day but it’s always fun to try to find the cool spots in random neighborhoods. We were unable to do this last year, due to being pregnant and work, so are definitely carving out some time this year since it’s one of our favorite things to do.
Christmas movies are a must this month and we always try to have one playing in the background, even on the nights we can’t sit down and actually watch. Same goes with Christmas music. Something Christmas related is usually always on that way we feel like we are soaking up the holiday even when we are just too busy to or schedules don’t allow.
The week of Christmas, we plan a whole day where we just bake. We make a giant mess and stuff ourselves full of sugar and butter and everything else that is sure to give us diabetes. The mess is terrible and insane but it’s fun and so worth it to get everyone involved and in the kitchen baking. Plus, it’s one day where we can go crazy. No regrets!
My favorite holiday tradition involves just me and Jared. Since the first year we got married we have always opened up our gifts before Christmas. What started out as just “we were too excited to wait to open gifts” has turned into a full blown annual evening of fun. We pick a night the week of Christmas, put the kids to bed early and enjoy some wine, music, food, and gift opening. It’s such a fun and romantic evening for just the two of us and we really get to savor in the act of giving and receiving without all the hustle and bustle of the children. Plus, it’s much needed time after a crazy holiday season where our work schedules have us running past each other 24 hour a day as opposed to actually seeing each other.
Christmas Eve box. The night before Christmas all of our kids get a box full of jammies, hot cocoa, movie or book, and sometimes a mug or other little trinket. This is a gift from us (since Santa gets all the Christmas day credit) and is such a fun memory. They all dress in their jammies and we read books, drink cocoa and just enjoy the last little bit of anticipation before the big day arrives.
Seriously, it’s one of our favorite times of year and every single year gets more and more special. I absolutely love having kids and being able to share these special memories with them. I can’t wait to hear them talk about it when they are older and am so glad I am giving them the opportunity for memories and traditions they can continue on with their wives and kids. Makes my heart so full and grateful for this life.
What are your favorite traditions?