The holidays are coming! I know it’s only October but before you know it, they will be clearing the shelves of all the Halloween candy to make room for Christmas decorations. I absolutely love Christmas time. I love the lights, I love decorating and (shh….don’t tell anyone) I love the snow. Everything just feels so magical this time of year.
Throughout the years we have started some traditions around the holidays. I look forward to these every year and so does my family. So if your looking for some fun, easy holiday traditions to do with your family this year, here are 7 that my family does every year!
My mom started this tradition before I was even born. She loves ornaments and so each year she buys Christmas ornaments for her kids, their spouses or partners, and the grand kids. It’s fun to see what ornament we get every year and look back at past ornaments. Some ornaments have special meaning like the little pink tricycle she got to honor my sister’s baby or the shell with a pearl to honor my pregnancy loss.
The kids usually get Disney characters or dinosaurs while my dad gets motorcycle ornaments. I have even started getting Aaron firetrucks for his Christmas ornaments. It’s a nice tradition and these ornaments and their meanings will live on years from now.
2. Lights galore
I love love love Christmas lights. I can look at Christmas lights all day long until my eyes go numb. Thankfully I am in a state that loves Christmas lights as well. There are two local spots near me that offer amazing lights. One is the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay and the other is L.L. Bean in Freeport. We go every year to these places and stare at the lights till our eyes go numb. We haven’t quite made it to the stage to decorate our house with lights but if I know Aaron, it’s coming.
If you are in Maine during November and December check out the Botanical Gardens. More information can be found on their website http://www.mainegardens.org/calendar-events/gardens-aglow/
Every year my mom, my sister and I get together and have a cookie bake-a-thon. We use a combination of family recipes, cook book recipes and one really great Pinterest recipe I found for snickerdoodles. We spend at least one weekend doing this and it’s become a fun tradition of drinking wine, chatting and baking.
We make so many cookies that we spend days trying to give them away. I generally bring a big plate of them to work which knowing my co-workers generally disappear within 30 minutes.
4. Christmas tree shopping
Each year for the past several years we have made our way through the Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree and cut it down ourselves. The kids even get to help by dragging it back to the car for us. I know many families have gone to an artificial tree because it’s reusable and easier (my mom has one, so no judgement from me) but there is nothing like the smell of a freshly cut Christmas Tree inside the house. Just make sure you water it frequently so it doesn’t dry out and catch fire. The kids and Aaron are less then impressed with me in the beginning but generally get more excited when we start seeing good trees to cut down.
5. Elf on the (damn) shelf
I hate Elfie, however my son loves him and looks forward to him coming out every year. He makes his grand debut after Thanksgiving and magically moves around every night in order to make sure the children don’t act out so he doesn’t give a bad report to Santa. I will admit I am a lazy elf owner even putting a mini cast on Elfie one time claiming he broke his leg so I didn’t have to move him for a good week. Bonus points if you tell me your creative ways to position the thing so I don’t have to come up with any.
This year I am going to start making a list of what I do with Elfie, check back for the lazy mom’s guide to Elf on the shelf when Elfie makes his grand debut after Thanksgiving. If your in the market for an Elf on the Shelf check you can find one The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition“>HERE.
6. Christmas Pajamas
Every year my mom gets Christmas pajamas for everyone in the family. It’s exciting to open up the packages which is traditionally done on Christmas Eve, and see what she has gotten for everyone. The kids love it and excitedly wear their jammies to bed that night. The only people that are not surprised are me and my sister since we picked ours out before she wrapped them which has in itself become another holiday tradition of ours.
My mom usually gets L.L. Bean pajamas which the boys love. They are soft, durable and warm.
Or you can get crazy and grab some matching family pajamas like these ones SleepytimePjs Holiday Family Matching Fleece Deer Plaid Pajama PJ Sets-Womens (STMF-5007-W-SML)“>HERE.
7. Holiday Movies
Last but not least is the tradition of watching holiday movies. Whether it be Hallmark movies or the Christmas Story on repeat, watching holiday movies can be an easy tradition you can implement really anytime. I personally love watching Home Alone which always seems to get me in the Christmas spirit.
Netflix has even gotten in on the holiday movie craze and created a few of their own. So if you enjoy these types of movies there are a few on there you can binge watch to fulfill your craving.
What holiday traditions are staples in your household? I would love to add a few more to my family so let me know what you think in the comments!