I love family traditions. My mother loves them too, I guess that's where I get it. Christmas was always an important time for our family because of all the traditions we had. It was important to me, when Zach and I started our own family, to incorporate traditions into our holidays. One thing that I always enjoyed doing, and still do for that matter, is decorating the Christmas tree. I know so many who see this activity as a chore instead of a treat and that makes me sad for them. I am so thankful that I married a man who can find the joy in performing this task.
Since we are traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays we have begun putting our tree up before we leave to visit family. We put on Christmas music and enjoy looking at all the ornaments we have collected over the years. Zoe loved pulling out an ornament from the box and asking who's it is. Noah kept pointing to the tree and saying "Wow." Even Zach got into the spirit, singing along and putting his ornaments up.
Zoe helps to string the lights.
Putting up the star.
Noah helps put ornaments on the tree.
This year we instituted another tradition by having a Harry Potter themed family night. Zoe and I made and decorated cookies and Zach inflated the air mattress in front of the t.v. After supper we put on a Harry Potter movie and enjoyed homemade Butterbeer and our cookies. It was, admittedly, a lot of sugar to ingest before bedtime, but it was a good night.
We look forward to repeating this experience next year and seeing how it evolves as the kids get older.
Would love to hear some of your favorite traditions!