For Christmas 2016, we are in Utah visiting my in-laws. Definitely a lot colder than Texas. Utah is below freezing while Texas is 75. But it’s great to be in a NORMAL weather for Christmas. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow too! I was talking to my father-in-law about Christmas traditions. I started talking about what traditions I’ve done growing up. Traditions are so important to have in family because they provide familiar repetitions and stability. It’s something kids remember and look forward to every year and also continue to carry then to their generations.
When you get married, your own family has changed because you’re sharing traditions with your husband who are more likely grew up with different traditions than you. Marriage is about to work together to decide how you can bring in different traditions to your own traditions for your own family.
Here below are the Christmas Eve traditions I’ve come up that we hope to start when Kenzie Boo is old enough to know what’s going on. (Next year!)
- Act out Nativity
- Christmas dinner: ham and mac & cheese as the main course
- Caroling- use jingle bells
- Open pajamas gifts and gifts from grandparents
- Draw Santa portraits and keep them for every year!
- Open a wrapped Christmas book
- Write a note to Santa (add glitter too)
- Make cookies for Santa (can’t forget carrots for the reindeers!) *cute idea: stack cut-out, green frosted star sugar cookie to make it a Christmas tree! Totally going to try that next year.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter. -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol