22 November 2016

Christmas Traditions

With the Holiday season here it's also time our family traditions begin. As our kids get older they are really starting to enjoy our traditions and we even love starting new ones as we go along each year. As a kid our Christmas traditions were my most favorite thing about the Holiday season and now doing them with our kids makes it really special. This is also Finley's first Christmas and since she is our last baby this will be our last first Christmas that we ever celebrate. {insert ugly cry face here} Talk about an extra special holiday!

Here are just a few of our favorite traditions and I'd love to hear what your family's traditions are!

Christmas Eve Pajama's: Every year on Christmas Eve our kids get to open one present and in that present is a pair of matching Christmas Jammies. I did this when I was little and I love waking up Christmas morning and seeing them running around with their new toys in festive jammies.

Driving around to look at Christmas Lights: Does anyone else do this?? We love loading up the Family and taking a drive around town looking at everyone's Christmas lights. Our favorite houses are the ones who sync their lights to music. Thank you to all those extra festive neighbors who go the extra mile to entertain us all!

Yearly Picture Christmas Ornament: Our little Elf named Leland brings us a new Personalized Christmas Ornament  to hang on the Tree the day after Thanksgiving. It has our new Family picture on it with the year. It is so fun to look at past years ornaments as we hang them on the tree and seeing how fast our little family grows.
Donate to Charities: Every year we like to take all the kids to go Christmas shopping for a family in need or a new Charity of our choice. Picking out a few toys, warm clothes and some food to help others in need is such a great learning experience for the kids.

Sending and receiving Christmas Cards: With good old fashioned snail mail getting to be a thing of the past, this has got to be my most favorite tradition of all. I love seeing our friends and family's cards and how they have grown the past year, especially those we don't get to see very often. The boys love helping me address them and even like to sneak in a few hand drawn pictures. Myself on the other hand, I love picking the actual card out! Coordinating color schemes and Design is my jam.  This year I went with this gorgeous gold foil stamped Holly Branches from Tiny Prints.  A dark grey background with a pop of Gold color coordinated beautifully with our family pictures. With plenty of choices in Christmas Cards  you are sure to find something that fits your style.

You better believe that addressing every last one of these cards with love is one of my favorite things to do this season.

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