Tuesday, December 24, 2013

5 Days of Christmas - Day 4

Today is Day 4 of our 5 Days of Christmas series. 

Today, we focus on continuing Christmas traditions. Since this is our second Christmas as a family of 3, we don't have a lot of Christmas traditions in place just yet. Additionally, growing up, we didn't have traditions we enjoyed year after year. We simply celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day with our loved ones and that was just how we liked it.

However, I did want to start some traditions with Connor and our little family. Here is a list of things I've done the last few years that make the holidays a little more special:
  • Each year since James and I have been together, I have purchased us a personalized Christmas ornament. I love the ones from Things Remembered and pick the same one year after year. We have 6 of these Ball Ornaments on our tree.
  • Create a Christmas countdown. Last year, I used a printable from Little Laws Prints to countdown to the 25th and this year we are using Connor's Advent Book Basket. I plan to do something different each year. As Connor gets older, I will be challenged to find something that will keep his interest.
  • Yesterday, I shared my list of must see Christmas movies. Although, Connor is a bit too little to really sit and enjoy a Christmas movie, I usually have one playing once a day so that we can "watch" it while we play. The movie with more music than others is usually the one that really grabs his attention.
  • I mentioned that I purchase us a couples ornament each year. I also get Connor one. This year I went with this simple but adorable Snowman ornament. As Connor gets older, I'd like to have him pick out his yearly ornament to add to our tree.
  • I love Christmas lights. The glow at night warms my heart. This year, we drove through a lighted park. Connor loved seeing all the different colors and shapes. I enjoyed seeing the lights through his little eyes. I look forward to sharing my love of the Christmas lights with him as he grows. 
  • While in Ohio, we plan to make these ice cream cones with my niece and nephew in place of a gingerbread house. I would love to do something like this with them Christmas after Christmas. 
What traditions do you enjoy this time of year? 
I hope your Christmas is wonderful and shared with a room full of your loved ones.


  1. How fun you have a clean slate to create your own traditions! We have spent years negotiating because we both grew up with many traditions we loved! We also started the ornament. collecting last year it's so fun! I can't wait to take Callie with us to pick one out next year!

  2. My Mom gets all of us girls ornaments on Thanksgiving for our tree:)

  3. Food is our tradition. Just enjoying lots of food together!

  4. Love these. I wish I had thought of blogging a Christmas tradition. I'll have to remember to do it next year. My family does something called "The Muffin Run". We bake muffins for all of our neighbors and run it to each of their houses in a basket on Christmas morning and play "ding dong ditch" and just leave it on their doorstep and run back before they see us! We never admit it is us, though all of our neighbors know that it's us who leave the muffins. Our neighbors never have to cook breakfast on Christmas morning!

  5. This year I wasn't able to pull off any of the normal traditions I love, like putting up the tree and Christmas carols before bedtime with the kids. :(. Just was off this year. But we are visiting relatives with their trees decked out, and I did get to sing a few carols with my youngest and make apple chrisp.

  6. Annual ornaments are the best tradition! I'm trying to start that with my husband, too. Merry Christmas!!

  7. We exchange ornaments each year too. It's always one of my favorite gifts.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Isn't Christmas fun? We have Christmas Eve Eve at my mom's. Dinner and games, on Christmas Eve morning everyone gets a stocking which is a pair of new socks filled and running over onto the hearth. EVERY ONE! From Great great grandmom (82) down to the newest baby (6 months)


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