Making Our Own Christmas Traditions
We got some colder weather this past week and it’s finally starting to feel a bit more like Christmas. The holidays are finally in full swing around here; I got my Christmas decorations up, my shopping is almost done, and I’m sending out my Christmas Cards today. Now it’s time to just sit back and take time to enjoy the season. This is the last year of celebrating Christmas as just a couple. Next year we’ll have a new addition to the family and that’s got me thinking we should start our own family traditions for Christmas.
Christmas was such a magical time of year when I was growing up and I want to make sure our baby feels the same way. Rather than focusing on physical items like presents, I want our traditions to be things we can do as a family that will bring us closer. What are some of your favorite family traditions for Christmas? Here is the list of traditions I was thinking of doing for our family. A lot of these traditions are things I grew up doing, some of them are Chris’s family traditions, and some are totally new.
The Reason for the Season
I loved reading about Christ’s birth every year and want to share that with my kids as they grow up. Christ and learning to be more Christ-like is what Christmas is all about. Giving gifts to the neighbors, donating clothes and toys, and doing Secret Santa are all things I did growing up. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do the same kind of activities with my own family one day.
My mom seemed to be constantly baking the whole month of December growing up and our house would was filled with lots of yummy smells. We would decorate sugar cookies or make gingerbread houses each year. I’m a pretty competitive person and I remember trying to make sure my house or cookies were the very best. Is anyone else secretly super competitive like me? Here is my family recipe for sugar cookies:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 5 tablespoons of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food coloring
Cookies: mix in order given. Roll to 1/4 inch thick & cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Frosting: mix in order given with beaters until smooth. Wait for cookies to cool before decorating.
It wouldn’t be the holidays if you didn’t do some fun family activities. There are so many things to do around this time of the year: seeing Christmas lights, sledding, and making snowmen. I already love doing these things with Chris and I can’t wait to do them with our baby girl next year. What family activities do you like to do each year?
Chris and I never had elf on the shelf growing up (I had Christmas fairies which are close to the same thing), but I’m buying an elf for our family. Chris and I teach Sunday school for the 8-year-olds every week. It’s fun to hear our class talk about their elfs each week and to see how excited they are about it. Some other traditions I think would be fun to start is making a new ornament as a family, doing a Christmas advent calendar, and reading “The Night Before Christmas” each year.
I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season this year!