When my kids are all grown up and are making their own way in this big world, and they look back on their own childhood and remember what it was like to grow up in this big, crazy, busy family…. I hope that one of the things that comes to mind are some of our family traditions around the holidays. Traditions are the shared experiences that help to bind our family together, they create both fond memories and give us something to look forward to doing together each year. So to me, traditions themselves are very important.
And now, with Thanksgiving just two weeks away from today, and the Christmas holidays only 6 1/2 weeks away, I decided to put some serious thought into the family traditions that are important to me and to my family so that I can make sure to plan for and to set aside time for them in my schedule. Otherwise it is easy to allow this busy holiday season to pass by in a flash without making the time for the things that I care about the most.
- Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade while getting the turkey into the oven, and then enjoying the delicious smell of that cooking bird as we move past parade time and into football!
- Diving through the sales fliers to plan my Black Friday shopping strategy
- Getting up early on Friday morning to hit one or two stores and enjoy both the shopping frenzy and the mad deals. Getting home in time for a cozy breakfast of freshly baked cinnamon rolls (thanks to my mother-in-law!) and spending the rest of the afternoon shopping online for the best deals while sitting next to a roaring fire and watching college football!
- Taking my daughters to see a local production of “The Nutcracker”
- Watching our favorite Christmas movies and specials
- Baking Christmas cookies with and for my family
- Decorating our tree and our home while listening to Christmas carols and sipping hot cocoa (or Baileys for the adults!)
- Hanging icicle lights and wreaths outside of our home
- Listening to Christmas music
- Buying a poinsettia plant for my entryway
- Decorating gingerbread houses
- Spending Christmas Eve with my husband's family
- Spending the week after Christmas with my family
New Year's Traditions
- Staying up until midnight on New Year's Eve to ring in the New Year!
- Watching the Rose Bowl parade on TV New Year's morning
- Reading the predictions we made last New Year's Day on what we thought would happen this year
- Making our new predictions for the coming year, and sealing them in an envelope to put away until next year!