Posted this holiday tradition/ideas list on another board, thought I'd C&P it here.
-Christmas Music starts on Thanksgiving Day (or before, this year,
) It's always on, I LOVE it!
-We usually start decorating Thanksgiving weekend.
-We get a new personalized family ornament every year, and each child gets a new ornament of their own each year.
-We bake and bake and bake, giving goodies away to family, friends, coworkers, neighbors...
-We do a family Chinese Gift Exchange for the adults, each adult brings one $25 or under gift.
-We go to the Christmas program at church, and plan to go to a Christmas Pageant at another church this year, too.
-We go sledding.
-We build snowpeople in our backyard.
-We have fires all the time, I love a good crackling fire with some cocoa or apple cider.
-We kiss under the mistletoe. I hang it right in the kitchen where everyone is always hanging out. I think DH and I kiss more in December than any other month!
-We drive around looking at lights and drinking hot cocoa on Christmas Eve, then come home, light a fire, open our new (usually WAHM-made, www.funkygiraffe.com
) jammies (the one gift everyone gets Christmas Eve) and play games.
-Christmas morning we get up, turn on the Christmas music, have our traditional egg burritos, yogurt and fruit breakfast complete with sparkling cider... then my hubby reads the Christmas story aloud from Luke. We open stockings one by one, and then open gifts one by one.
NEW things we're doing this year:
*NO TV (we're shutting it off - totally!) for all of December. Christmas movies only, and limited at that. We really want to focus on being together as a family, playing games, baking/cooking together, doing crafts, making gifts, delivering goodies and treats, and whatever else we're led to without the distraction of TV. We're really excited to see how this little "project" pans out.
*ALL handmade gifts for friends and extended family, besides the Chinese Gift Exchange that we'll do with my extended family. Everything else will be gifts in a jar, handpainted / handcrafted, and/or consumables.
*REALLY limited gifts for our kids. My oldest has gotten a case of the gimmies the last year or so, and we want to refocus our family on the TRUE meaning of Christmas, giving, loving, sharing... NOT receiving, shopping, buying... My kids are each getting 3 main gifts in addition to their stockings, and that's it. I plan to spend less than $150 combined for both of them - WAY pared down from usual. We just threw out all MIC toys, so this year we spent more than we would normally have on wooden playthings.