Guys guys guys guys!! It’s finally here… it’s Christmastime! You have no idea how excited I am that it’s finally my absolute most favorite time of the year. Ever since I was a little girl I have LOVED Christmas. From the decorations, to the music and all the yummy cookies, there’s not much to not like about this season. I think one of the reasons I love Christmas so much is because of all the memories and traditions I have associated with it. I am all about traditions, because they give me something to look forward to, and they are things I hope to pass on to my children. And, lucky for you, today I decided to share some of those traditions with y’all. So sit back, sip on a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy!
My Favorite Christmas Traditions
Decorating the Christmas Tree
Almost every year, my family decorates the Christmas tree the Friday after Thanksgiving. We have so much fun dressing up in ugly Christmas sweaters and listening to our favorite Christmas music. Each of us has our “special” ornaments that we put on the tree every year, and I love sharing this time with my family.
Driving around to see Christmas lights
This is one of my favorite things to do during the month of December. Isaac and I load up in the car with hot chocolate, and drive around local neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights. It’s so much fun, and reminds me of how my grandpa used to decorate their house every year.
My family has a special DVD case for only Christmas movies. Every year we watch, without fail, White Christmas. We can quote almost the entire movie, and it’s my favorite movie to watch while decorating my apartment. We also love The Santa Clause (1, 2 and 3!), Elf, and almost every movie on Hallmark. I love snuggling up on the couch and enjoying a heartwarming Christmas movie.
My mom is the queen of cookies, and I enjoy helping her bake them almost as much as I enjoy eating them. My favorite holiday cookies are Spritz cookies, because the only time my mom makes them is in December, and they scream “Christmas” to me. I also like finding new recipes to try on Pinterest, and I know my little sisters and I will be baking up a storm of “Pinterest Cookies” this year!
Christmas Eve Present
Every Christmas Eve after the candlelight service and dinner, we get to pick out and open one of our Christmas gifts. When I was little, I would have that special Christmas Eve gift picked out weeks in advance, and it makes me smile seeing my younger siblings do the same. We call it “the first gift of Christmas” and it’s a great way to get excited about the day to come.
Opening Christmas Presents
I don’t know how or why this tradition began, but we’ve been doing it ever since I can remember. Christmas present opening at my house is no joke, and we take it very seriously. Every year we pick an order (oldest to youngest, youngest to oldest, ping pong, every other, and so on) in which we open the presents. We go one by one, and yes… it takes hours. But I love it, because we see what everyone else got, and we can laugh, talk and hang out all morning.
Granted, we play cards almost every time we’re together, but we do it a lot around Christmastime. A few years ago my cousins taught us the amazing game of Hand and Foot, and it’s been our go-to card game ever since. It works great with larger groups, and all of my siblings are old enough to really enjoy it, which makes it a lot of fun.
I have a confession to make… I’ve been blasting Christmas music for about three weeks now. My excuse is “why can’t I celebrate Jesus’ birth year round?!”, but the truth is that I just couldn’t wait till Thanksgiving. Among my favorite Christmas albums are Christmas by Michael W. Smith, Christmas by Michael Buble, A Christmas Story by Point of Grace, and A Family Christmas by The Piano Guys.
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What are your Christmas traditions?
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