Holiday Traditions – A Time for Family and Reflection

Holiday Traditions – A Time for Family and Reflection

christmas musicStarts With The Music

As I sit and type this I am all wrapped up in my warm, fuzzy blanket. My Pandora Christmas channel is playing on the TV. Thanksgiving is still 6 days away, but I couldn’t resist the music any longer! For me our holiday traditions start with Christmas music. Although, I know I like it way more than the rest of my family. It must be the fact that I was born one week before Christmas and my name came from a Christmas song. I can’t help it, it runs in my blood! 🙂

Setting the Tree Up

The day after Thanksgiving is always the day we put up our Christmas tree. We almost always use our artificial tree. I climb up in the attic and bring down our many tupperwares of Christmas decorations along with “The Tree.” We all gather around in the living room and start assembling the tree. I have always been the one to string the lights on the tree. My poor husband usually has to run to the store and get me a couple more strands of lights. It never fails that 2 or 3 strands don’t work when I take them out of the tupperware. The kids favorite part is putting their ornaments on the tree. We all have our own ornaments that we have acquired in the past from grandparents. And of course my husband has all of his ornaments from when he was a kid. So it’s always fun to hear each person tell the story of each ornament as they put them on the tree.

Holiday Movies

What is Christmas time without watching Christmas movies? Now, I’m not talking about those cheesy Hallmark movies. I’m talking about the funny, silly kid movies. Some of our favorites are Polar Express, Elf, A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And of course the classics like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Watching these with some popcorn and hot cocoa is one my favorite holiday traditions.

christmas sugar cookiesSugary Goodness

If you have watched any of my YouTube videos. You will know that I love to bake. My kids are always down for the making of all the holiday sweets. We’ll bake sugar cookies a couple of times throughout the season. It’s always fun decorating the Christmas shapes with lots of frosting and sprinkles. I’m always so excited to start new holiday traditions. And this year, I have found the absolute best homemade cinnamon roll recipe! Perfect for Christmas morning after opening presents.

Lights, Lights and More Lights

As a family we love to go and see the beautiful Christmas lights throughout the town. We try to make it to some of the larger Christmas lightings. It doesn’t always work out with our schedule so we will then make a point to take sometime and drive through the neighborhood. There are a few houses that we look forward to their lights every year! Now, we haven’t come across a house like the Griswald’s. YET! But, there is still hope! 🙂

Concluding Thoughtsholiday traditions

Whatever holiday traditions you might do with your family. I hope you make the time to truly enjoy the time together. I’m sure you don’t need a reminder that your small kids will only stay small for so long. So, cherish these special times. May the new year bring you happiness and joy! And Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

 

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