Holiday Traditions

7 Dec

Here in America, and in many parts of the world we have officially entered the Holiday Season.  We have Thanksgiving & Chanukah (boy it came early this year) under our belt now, and are looking forward to Christmas and New Years just around the corner.

One thing I have learned during this season is that traditions don’t have to always be big, expensive or numerous to be important to us.  They can be little things like reading a certain book, making special food, calling a family member or friend, shopping at your favorite store, or going to a special place.

Last year's Anniversary

Last year’s Anniversary

I look around me at this time of year and I am reminded of the many extremes we can encounter in life.  Some families aren’t much of a family at all.  In fact many individuals find more joy with friends than being reminded of strained family relationships. Then you have the family gatherings that are so extensive that it requires a good year of planning just to accommodate everyone.  Both can be just as special in their own ways.

Whether you are one extreme or the other, or maybe just somewhere in the middle, we still find ourselves longing to do certain things as we enter this time of year.  In the spirit of the season I think it would be really fun to hear some of YOUR traditions. Let me get things started by sharing just a few of my family traditions.

We love Christmas movies in our house.  In fact, we have an unwritten rule that no one can watch a Christmas movie until after Thanksgiving.  Then the only movies you can watch are Christmas movies. We have been adding to our collection for years.  Our library is now pretty extensive. The movie watching is always kicked off with the decorating of the house.  The lights go up and the tree and trimmings come out. 

We do love to bake, but depending on the schedule of things, sometimes priorities adjust in this area. The only mandatory item that gets made every year is my Mom’s sugar cookies.  I have to specify that it has to be my Mom’s recipe because it is actually pretty different than most. These are rolled out very thin and are not frosted but sprinkled with sugar instead. Love them!

Going to Christmas Eve service, making several Christmas-light tours through the city, (Oh!) and celebrating our Wedding Anniversary are a few more traditions that we hold dear, but enough about us!  Now it is your turn!  What do you do this time of year?  It doesn’t have to be grand or exciting sounding, it just has to be important to you.

I can’t wait to hear what you have to share!

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2 Responses to “Holiday Traditions”

  1. multitaskmomma December 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    We have a couple traditions ourself. Closer to Christmas we make gingerbread men and decorate a gingerbread house together!! We always get our photos taken with Santa and we always go on the day when you donate a toy to the homeless and families who can’t get presents during Christmas to get a free photo with Santa (it has to be a toy still in its package) which means a lot to me because when I was younger (age 1-5) my mother couldn’t do much for us for Christmas and I hate to hear about other children missing out.
    With family we call my side of the family every Christmas and video chat with them on Skype because they live quite far away. Christmas Eve is a little different for us because it is my fiancés birthday, so we usually go out to dinner and daddy gets to open one gift early, which we wrap in birthday wrap instead!!!
    Other than that we just relax and spend as much time with each other as we can, watching movies, going for walks, etc…

    • kristigrimm December 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      That is great that you have figured out a special way to squeeze a little birthday tradition in there too! Great idea about the gift to a homeless family. What a wonderful way to show your children how to pass love around. Thanks for sharing!

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