I’ve been talking a lot with my friends recently about what kinds of holiday traditions we do now that we have children. Here are some of ours:
- On the first weekend in December:
- Going out for dinner/breakfast and then getting a Christmas tree
- Decorating the tree, house, and putting up the outdoor lights
- On the second weekend
- Building and decorating a gingerbread house
- In the first 1-2 weeks, writing and sending out holiday cards
- Christmas baking – usually 3-4 recipies
- Christmas Eve
- Lobster dinner
- Drive around to the best decorated homes in town
- Kids always get PJs
- Christmas Day
- Some kind of special breakfast
- Opening Gifts
- Turkey Dinner
- New Year’s Eve
- Bunch of appetizers
- Try to stay up as late as we can
These are all pretty normal, and I’m sure lots of others do the same, but we still love them anyway. We’re starting to put our own personal touches on them, and I’m sure they’ll evolve as the kids get older.
We also took part in the Angel Tree program at the boys’ school – someone sets up a tree in the school that is decorated with tags with information about a child in need (age, M/F, clothing size, what they’d love to get for Christmas), and then you can choose a tag and buy a gift for that specific child. This year, we choose a 5 year old boy and bought him lots of toy cars (think Hotwheels), a car-hauler truck for them, and a Connect 4 board game. The boys enjoyed picking out the gift and also learned about how not every child will have a Christmas like they do.
What are your favourite holiday traditions?