Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Traditions

I am all about traditions. As much as I like to explore new things too, I love doing the same things each year....especially around Christmas. So today I am sharing some of our family Christmas traditions. Not just what we do on Christmas day (we do pretty much the same things every Christmas Day) but the whole month leading up to it!

Our Christmas season kicks off the weekend of Thanksgiving when we put up our tree. 
And every year Paul & I give the kids a new ornament. Something that was special to them that year or that they did. Last year Luke loved reading, so he got a book ornament. Ella discovered Starbucks Frappucinos so she got a little Starbucks cup. 
And tree weekend means matching PJs too😉😉 
You can see my  holiday home tour here.
Our elf, Percy usually rolls into town somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas....complete with a North Pole Breakfast.
And this year he mixed it up and left some notes on the tree asking the kids to help him spread kindness...
Now this is my most favorite tradition.... our Gingerbread Party.. This will be the 6th year Ella and I host this party for our friends.
Lots of girls and mamas for a fun holiday afternoon.
Every year we pair up with a family in need of some extra holiday cheer. All our gingerbread guests bring gifts to help fill their wish list and then we head off to make the delivery!
We love to do some ice skating around the holidays.
And you can't skate without getting hot cocoa after!
Speaking of hot cocoa, every year we set up our  hot cocoa bar in the kitchen. It's so fun to have when friends come over during the holidays. I shared  some tips on how to set up your own too.
A few years ago our neighbors started caroling. 
What a sweet tradition! 
We love taking a ride to see the lights. This is usually an impromptu, random night. We play some Christmas music in the car and head out for a drive.
The past few years we have ended up in Niagara's my favorite time to see the lights & also a great spot for a family selfie.

Every December Paul travels to spend a long weekend with his parents and the kids and I do our own holiday fun! We go out for donuts in our PJs....
And then usually wrap up our shopping. 
The kids pick out gifts for each other each year and I tell you it is sometimes their favorite part of Christmas morning.
And of course we always get in a visit to see the man in red!
We always go to Christmas Eve Mass and then have dinner with my parents...either at our house or theirs.
Christmas Day we stay in PJs and play all day!!! 
We break to make freshly squeezed OJ every year....
My parents come over and always give Paul one of his gifts in this Victoria's Secret box.
My mom put one of his gifts in there the first Christmas we were dating.....20 years ago. The look on his face when he opened the wrap and saw the box was priceless! 
She takes the box each year and puts another gift back in it.
We make a ham dinner and are usually still in PJs at dinnertime. Ella and I don our matching aprons too.
We have had them for a while....
So much Christmas fun leading up to December 25th....
Whew...that was a lot of Christmas on this Wednesday!
See you tomorrow...there's always room for one more at our family table.

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