Growing up in my family, Christmas was a big deal. Let me rephrase: it was a production.
This year, we decided to have Christmas at home and keep things simple. It was glorious. Baby’s first Christmas was quiet, stress-free, and very special. Perhaps down the line, we will brave planes, trains, and automobiles to be with grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins, but this year was all about our new family. Regardless of where we spend futures Christmases, we’ve started a few traditions this year that we can continue to do anywhere.
This year, G’s stocking was as big as he was. It will be fun to snap a photo of him with it each year to see how he grows! (Santa suit optional )
There is always an abundance of snapshots each Christmas, but I love the idea of an annual family photo by the tree. It’s a simple way to capture the year we are all leaving behind.
I also love the idea of holiday frames that will grow and change with our family. I picked up some festive, affordable frames from Target for this: one frame holds a photo of Baby with Santa; the other holds the year’s family Christmas card. Each year I’ll place the current photos over the ones from the previous year.
Who doesn’t love new pajamas? They don’t have to be fancy or expensive, but it makes Christmas Eve especially fun to go to bed in something nice and new.
I like to shop the day-after sales for this. Each family member gets a new ornament to add to our collection.
Outlining the Year Ahead
Instead of resolutions, this year we are writing down our goals, projects, and hopes for the year ahead. Exploring baby sign language, taking a family vacation, and learning how to groom the dogs sounds a lot more fun than resolving to lose 15 lbs, doesn’t it? This list is less goal-oriented and more experience-oriented.
What family traditions does your family share over the holiday season?