I also love finding and starting new traditions, and I certain you all have some good ones. Doesn’t matter if it’s an old post or new – just share, read, and enjoy!
Making ridiculous amounts of food (as much from scratch as possible) for Thanksgiving.
Participating at least minimally in some of the Black Friday craziness.
Going to get a tree and putting up decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Daily Activities – lots of family time involving these activities:
- Listen to and sing Christmas songs
- Pull a piece of paper out of our Advent calendar bag with scriptures listed on it (taken from here and here) and read them as a family*
- Read a Christmas talk given by a leader of our Church from our Advent binder (if anyone wants a list, feel free to email me)
- Open a wrapped Christmas book each day (we got some from the library since we don’t have 25)*
- Put a little paper “present” by the nativity each time someone does something nice (as our gift to the Savior)*
- See The Nutcracker*
- See a performance – or several, it’s a bit of an obsession over here – of Handel’s Messiah, and perform in at least one
- See concerts and lights at the Washington DC temple visitors’ center
- Make clementine candles – we used to do this all the time when I studied abroad in France and I love doing it around the 8th, the start of the Fete des Lumieres in Lyon
- Make paper snowflakes
- Go caroling at the nursing home down the street
- Make eggnog*
- Make things for gift baskets – sugar scrub, apple cider caramels, cookies, bread, caramel corn, etc.
- Make gingerbread houses
- Go see train displays – the Botanic Gardens and Union Station have great ones in DC
- See the lights at the zoo
- Opening holiday outfits the Sunday before Christmas
- Occasionally frequently nightly making s’mores in our fireplace. Or cookies. Or both. Ever had a cookie s’more?
- Boxing Day* – take a box of stuff to someone in need, special feast
- Have a simple dinner while reading/dressing up/acting out Luke 2
- Listening to the Messiah (see the obsession?) and reading the accompanying scriptures
- Opening jammies/yearly ornaments
- Singing and playing Christmas carols on the violin (and perhaps also the hand chimes this year if I can figure out how to make them)
- Presents + brunch
- More music (yes, to me, Christmas pretty much = music)
- Christmas mass*
So as you can see, our traditions generally involve music, food, and books. So long as we have those things, we are rather content with life.
What are your traditions, hoped-for traditions, lack of traditions? Write your own post and come back and share – the link up below is open until Christmas!
*Something new we’re trying this year