Building Christmas Traditions

I love Christmas.  I mean, what’s not to love?!  There’s so much magic in the air and so much love in general.  Christmas songs are all so happy and a nice welcome break from the ‘pop’ music that’s out these days (saying that makes me feel old!)

People everywhere are celebrating, and not just celebrating Jesus (though that’s important too!).  They’re celebrating that they get to see family that they haven’t seen in ages, they’re celebrating the promise of a new year approaching, celebrating the days off of work that allow us to cozy up by the fireplace and watch festive movies armed with a cup of hot cocoa (and maybe even some peppermint schnapps).

Perhaps my most favorite thing to celebrate is traditions.  Growing up as a kids we didn’t have much in the way of traditions for holidays – at least not that I can recall.  In our early years I remember being home for Christmas morning.  Sometimes we were at Grandma’s in Sioux City too.  We did get Christmas stockings to open as well.  Sometimes we would go to church.  But we didn’t have any major traditions of our own.

The first year we celebrated Christmas with Averie I made it a mission to ensure we had our own traditions.  They’ve evolved a little over the past few years, but the basics still remain:

  • Advent Calendar Craft
  • Milk, Cookies and a Letter for Santa on Christmas Eve
  • PJ’s as a gift on Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Morning Open Stockings
  • Break for Pancakes before the rest of the gifts
  • Open Gifts
  • Dinner – Often with Friends.

Want to see how many of those traditions you can spot in our pictures from this year?  I didn’t get pictures of everything, but I can assure you that all of the above things happened.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!  What are some of your favorite traditions?

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