It snowed today! Fluffy, white, sparkly snow. 🙂
If I wasn’t already in the Christmas spirit (which I was), those beautiful flakes falling from the sky would have done the trick. I started my morning off with some peppermint hot chocolate and made sure to spend plenty of time playing outside with my little guy. (My mom helped pull him around the house in a little sled, and then we all made a snowman together. Brady totally tried to eat the carrot nose and declared it, “Dewishush!”).
As with Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking about traditions that I can do with my family (both now and as the children are growing up). I already had some in mind, but I also found some fun ones on Pinterest. Here are some of my favorites!
Put Up the Christmas Tree – This is an obvious tradition, but it’s one that I still obviously had to include. 🙂 Is there anything more cozy and special than a brightly lit Christmas tree?
Create Advent Calendars – Kids would have such a fun time making their own! And I’ve seen a lot of ideas on Pinterest where the advent calendars list a kind activity to do for someone every day. I love that idea! It’s a fun countdown AND a challenge to do good.
Decorate a Gingerbread House – Honestly, this is a January tradition for my sister and I, BUT it would make for a fun Christmas tradition! Stores sell great kits to make the process easier, so that you can focus on the fun part – the decorating!
Sing Christmas Carols – We used to always go caroling with our church, and it was so much fun. The residents from elderly homes particularly enjoyed our singing (whether or not it was always in key).
Drive around and Look at Christmas Lights – This is one of my favorite traditions! 🙂 I love going for a drive at night and sipping on hot chocolate, looking at all the pretty houses decorated for the upcoming holiday. This is definitely a tradition that appeals to kids of all ages.
Watch Christmas movies by the light of the Christmas Tree – So cozy and fun! Extra pillows, sleeping bags, and a special snack are a must.
Toys for Tots – Christmas should be a time of giving, not a time to focus on what you can get. There are so many opportunities for kids to learn to give, whether it’s via Angel Tree or Toys for Tots. As Brady gets older, I plan to give him a gift card to a local toy store, so that he can pick out toys to be donated to children in need.
Decorate Christmas Cookies – Sugar cookies are the best to decorate. Lots of sprinkles are a must! 🙂
Write a ‘thank you’ note for the mailman
Go on a Candy Cane Hunt – This is a new one to me, but I think it sounds like so much fun. It’s basically a Christmas spin on the Easter Egg hunt. Candy canes are hung on trees, and the kids (or big kids like myself) get to hunt them down. We live in the woods, so this would be a great tradition for when Brady is older!
Have an Ugly Sweater Contest – The best ugly sweaters are homemade ones!
Open a Christmas Eve Box – The kiddo’s can open a present on Christmas Eve, which contains new jammies and a brand new book. I bought Brady new jammies and a book to start the tradition this year.
Read the Christmas story together as a family
What is your favorite Christmas Tradition?