Celebrating Holiday Traditions

Posted on: December 12, 2016


The holidays are a time when family and friends come together to celebrate thankfulness, love, and the birth of Christ.

It’s also a time when many families create special traditions they carry on for years and pass down from generation to generation.

Here are some of my family’s favorite traditions. Maybe they are some you do also or maybe they are ones you can add to your roster. Either way, I hope you enjoy them.


Making Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are a MUST in my family. I have the fondest memories of time spent with my mom, sister, grandmother, and aunts all crowded into my grandmother’s kitchen making dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. I don’t get to be with my family anymore when they make the cookies, but I do get to pass this tradition down to my boys. I love spending time with them as they help roll out the dough, cut out shapes, and decorate cookies. Of course, their favorite part is eating the cookies and decorations in the process, but hey, that’s part of the fun!


Decorating the Christmas Tree

Every year my husband pulls out the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and we put it up and decorate it. At first, this was actually a hard one for me because I have many breakable ornaments; ornaments that also have a lot of sentimental value. And you can imagine glass ornaments + tiny fingers = broken ornaments. But now that the boys are a little older, it has become such a fun tradition for us. My boys love decorating the tree with the ornaments (well, the ornaments I let them hang up. You know, the ones that aren’t breakable) and then watching the tree light up as we plug it in for the first time. The look on their faces is pure magic.



Making a Gingerbread House

This actually started out as a tradition my husband and I did with his nephews every year. Then when our boys were born, we added them to the mix. Even though my nephews are teenagers now, they still enjoy helping their younger cousins build a gingerbread house. Of course, most of the candy ends up in their stomachs instead of on the house. Their favorite part is smashing the gingerbread house the next day and then eating it. Boys. I tell ya.



Christmas lights at the zoo

This year we started a new tradition with our boys. Our local zoo has a Christmas lights display, complete with thousands of lights, Santa Claus, hot chocolate and S’mores, and a place to write letters to Santa. It was pretty cold out so we bundled up and headed out to meet some friends and take in the holiday cheer. It was wonderful walking around and seeing how excited the boys got looking at the lights in the shapes of animals. My oldest also enjoyed the hot chocolate as well. He called it “coffee.” I think it made him feel grown up. Everyone really enjoyed it and I’m sure this will become a new tradition we will do every year.

(Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures. It was difficult getting good pics with all those sparkling, glaring lights.)


What are your favorite holiday traditions?

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