Good Monday morning!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. I love this time of year! Being around family, creating and reliving family traditions. It’s magical!
Speaking of traditions… Traditions are very near and dear to me. I love the magic of Christmas, but I believe the true magic is creating memories, creating and reliving traditions and being around the ones you love. I want to share a some of my family’s traditions in hopes to give some fun ideas to you, and I’d love to hear some of your family traditions too.
Childhood Traditions and Memories : (I’ll try to post a picture or two soon).
* Growing up my mom, dad brother and I would had a lot of fun during the Christmas season. We would write our Christmas list to Santa, make a special trip to see Santa, pick a Christmas tree, and decorate the house while listening to Christmas music classics.
* To build up our excitement… Every year my Mom bought a chocolate calendar to count down the days until Christmas. To this day my brother and his wife, and my family receive a chocolate calendar from her. We love it!
* Once Christmas Eve arrived we would start the evening off by baking some cookies for Santa. We then would grab our blankets while my Mom and Dad prepared a warm cozy fire. Once we were all snuggled in our pj’s and blankets we would turn on a Christmas movie (either The Christmas Story, Home Alone, The Grinch That Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, etc.) it changed every year, and sometimes we’d watch two if there was time.
* Then the 10p news would come on and we’d watch the weather man’s Santa locator forecast. My brother and I loved watching the Santa radar knowing Santa was on his way! I remember 90% of the time being too excited to sleep! My brother and I woke up every two hours some years to see if it was time to open presents! One year we woke my parents up at 2a, 4a and 6a. They finally said we could open presents and see if Santa came at 7a. Once 7 o’clock came around we ran into our parent’s room and jumped on their bed saying, “wake up, we want to see if Santa came!” You see there was a door that closed off the living room so we couldn’t see if Santa came. We had to wait for our parent’s to go out and “make sure” he came before they would let us out. Oh the anticipation…
With Christmas music playing in the background and hot chocolate in hand, we then took turns handing out and opening presents. After presents my Mom and Dad would make breakfast for us, then we would get ready to go visit Grandparents. Great childhood memories indeed!
Past, Present and Future Traditions:
Now that I’m all grown up, I hold those childhood traditions close to my heart. I plan on carrying some of them into my family’s traditions.
Since being married and now having a family of my own we have started some fun traditions and I’m sure we’ll add more as the years pass.
* Usually the week before or after Thanksgiving (weather pending) we drive down to southern Utah, Richfield area, and cut down our own Christmas tree’s with my husbands family. It’s so fun! Nothing like finding and cutting down your own tree.
* Every year I purchase a new ornament for the Christmas tree.
* My mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, Ryan and I all pitch in and get an angel or two from the angel tree to help out a child/family in need. I know there are people worse off than we are. I love the feeling of helping and making someone’s Christmas a little more special. My sweet Mom is the one who started this tradition and I look forward to this tradition every year.
* We take our son, Crew, to see Santa Clause. (last year was a breeze because he was only 4-months-old. This year will be interesting considering he will be 16-months-old).
* We go downtown to see the lights. So beautiful.
* We also go to our Aunt Claudia’s for a fun Christmas Eve get together to eat some delicious food, play a game or two while a Christmas movie is playing in the background.
* Christmas Eve we open one present (new pj’s) to sleep in.
* We watch a Christmas shows nearly everyday in December (Polar Express, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Elf, Frosty the Snowman, The Christmas Story, etc.)
As our little guy gets older, I can’t wait to create and share ever lasting memories with him, that hopefully he will hold near and dear to his heart!
Thank you for reading, and Happy Holidays! Now that I’ve shared my family traditions, what are some of yours?