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Holiday traditions, something I couldn’t wait to start with these two. I grew up used to the same holiday traditions and I can still smell those Christmas cookies baking when my mother would put together the batches for family. The second my mother would pull all the Christmas décor down from the attic and decorate for an entire day, my heart was so full & happy. I don’t know that it is about the holiday season but it truly is the most wonderful time of the year for me. I love creating these memories now for my own girls and I wanted to create a list of some of our own traditions and some others that I have heard of but that we haven’t done quite yet. Maybe it will inspire some of you to create them for your own little ones!
One of the first traditions we introduced last year was the Polar Express. We dressed up in these ridiculous elf pajamas with little elf booties and bells and headed off to the nearby train station for the Polar Express. Olivia thought it was the best thing that’s ever happened and STILL talks about going on the train to see Santa! They sing carols, play games, pass out snacks and we travel via train track to the North Pole. Seeing the excitement in their eyes is something I will never tire of.
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a day full of baking Christmas cookies! Last year Olivia was only 2 so she was able to help (slightly) but this year is definitely the first year that I think she will really enjoy helping me decorate them. My plan for this year is to bake enough for all our family members and have the girls decorate them. Pretty packaging and a bow and it’s the perfect gift for all of our family & friends!
Another one of my favorite traditions is heading out to New York City to see the tree and walking around the beautiful city all lit up for the holidays. Eventually when they are older I hope to attend the Rockettes with them as well. We weren’t able to make it out last year but this year I am hoping it all works out!
On Christmas night we always leave out the cookies for Santa and the apples for the reindeer. We cuddle up in our Christmas jammies to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and then we all drift off to sleep. My favorite night of the whole year is by far Christmas eve. There is so much wonder and excitement. Oh, and we have a Christmas bell that we ring on Christmas Eve that Santa’s elves ring. It means that its time to head to bed for the kids! We used to do this every Christmas Eve at my own house and when that bell would ring I would be SO excited. It meant that Santa was on his way!
Some holiday traditions that you could introduce to your own children:
1.) Elf on the Shelf // I know, I know. Some parents dread this but I LOVE it. What an adorable idea. Olivia is now at the age where she will think this is the coolest thing that’s ever happened so I can’t wait to introduce it this year!
2.) Ice Skating // Many cities have ice skating rinks where you can get all bundled up and try out the rink! If your children are at the age where they could ice skate, give it a go! After your done, be sure to stop for some hot chocolate to warm up!
3.) Writing to Santa // There is nothing better than a good ole fashioned letter to Santa. Have them write out what they want for Christmas and send it off to the North Pole!
4.) Cutting down the tree and dragging it back to the car // We used to do this every single year and I LOVED it. I can’t wait to head out to the tree farm this year to cut one down for our own home. This will be the first tree we have ever cut down! 🙂
5.) Volunteering // Every year I want to teach and show my girls what it is to give back to the community and help others, not just during the holiday season but throughout the year. Whether it’s collecting toys from home to donate to others, or heading to the store to buy a new toy for a child in need, or volunteering at a nearby soup kitchen. It’s so important to teach our children how blessed they are and to help whenever it’s possible.
I would love to hear about your own traditions that you may have in your household. Tell us about them in the comments!
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