I think one of the best things about being a parent all over again is that all the holiday traditions I created with my older children we can continue to have fun with all over again! My oldest children are now 27 and 19, and I admit I was thrilled this year when one of them said, “I have to come home for Christmas mom, I miss all our traditions!” That’s good news to me, that we have holiday traditions that are tried and true, but since she is all grown up she hopefully will find the new ones just as memorable.
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Our favorite holiday traditions
The traditional picture by the Christmas tree. We have one of these from every year. I’m hoping I’m bright enough in my old age to make them a collage they can use when they are older to remember each of those days.
A Christmas countdown calender, also known as an Advent Calendar. There are tons of easy ways of creating one! The girls take turns each day getting that days activities that we can do together as a family as well as those that benefit our community like take up a collection of food and place by the door to remember to drop off. To help you out here are 40 Christmas Calendar Countdown Ideas, an Easy DIY Countdown Card Calendar and directions for an easy Star Advent Calendar. I admit I was a little late this year getting it out on the entry way table, but the kids are fine with it as long as I do.
Catch a Character! Yep, we catch Santa red handed, I mean gloved! Here he is filling our stockings. You can catch him too! Here’s how I Caught Santa. I love this one so much! The kids leave their camera out on the coffee table and believe that a little Christmas magic let’s them catch him quick, for just a minute. The video you can get is a keeper. They watched it over and over while I got brunch ready!
Reindeer Dust is a must. Twas the night before Christmas and all through the kitchen kids are laughing and giggling and a mixin’ up someone special because after all Santa Claus shouldn’t be the only one to get a sweet treat on Christmas Eve. After we make our reindeer dust we head out onto the front yard and make sure to sprinkle it on the ground. The next day is it gone! Here’s our Reindeer Dust recipe you can use.
Holiday hope for a good cause. Each year we select a local charity to support. One year it was Angel Tree Ministries and we went as a family to work with them for a day. Last year it was Star of Hope and this year it was WREM SPIL, which assists young single parents with education, parenting, job training and more teaching them independent living skills.
Elf on a Shelf is one of our newest additions. Lizzie (short of Elizabeth the Elf) came to join us last holiday season and she’s back and having fun! It doesn’t have to be complicated to bring joy to the kids. They love even the simplest finding of her when she returns each day after her night at the North Pole.
And of course, the traditional Night Before Christmas! We get our pajamas on and are allowed to open our Christmas Eve gift. This traditions started with my parents and it is so much fun to have them here for the holidays and be able to see it happen all over again. We found this personalized book which can use your child’s name and create their own story of The Night Before Christmas and as you can see it’s a big hit. The evening includes eggnog for the grownups, snacks, setting out Santa’s cookies, mom getting the breakfast brunch ready so it’s easy to make the next day and a reading of the book. Get pajamas like these or with many other colors and designs for your whole family!
I think that’s what I love best, is all of us snuggled up reading the book together. It’s the best tradition of them all.
But let’s not forget what helps me make all these traditions and memories happen! A whole lot of love and a little (okay maybe more than a little bit of shopping)! Heading to the Walmart Holiday Toyland is going to help me make all these traditions come true, especially when it means I get to find out what SHOULD be underneath that tree on Christmas day. At the Toyland Event you can interact with this year’s hottest toys, chosen by kids, and become an official Toy Tester! Walmart Toyland is a great way to see what’s new and what kids are excited about. I will be attending with my boys next week! Find an event near you and find the perfect gift #ChosenByKids! That reminds me – I need another stocking!
Which of our Christmas traditions tried and true and a few new will you be enjoying this year?