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One of my struggles since having my own kids and family is trying to decide when we start to create our own family traditions around the holidays. To be honest, I still think of myself as a little girl with my parents and siblings on Christmas morning! Although the holidays will always be surrounded with family I think it is important to start creating memories within your own family footprint. This is the first year where Charlie really understands the excitement of Christmas. We started Elf on the Shelf this year (mostly to help tame is wild side and say “the elf is watching!”) and I find him trying to whisper things in his ear like, “Can you tell Santa I want a garbage truck?” It is so cute.
I decided to ask the ladies in our private Hello Adams Family FB group (have you joined? it’s the best!) about their own holiday traditions in hopes that it inspired some new ones for our own family. I thought it would be fun to share them with you!
Fun Holiday Traditions to Start With Your Family
Opening new matching Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve
Random acts of kindness Advent Calendar for the month of December *love this idea!
Bake cookies for neighbors and firefighters
Read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve
New Christmas ornament each year for your kids (write the date on the back) so they can create their own collection
Watching It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve *this has been our family tradition for as long as I can remember
Finding the German Pickle Ornament, whoever finds it in the tree gets a special gift! *so many of you do this!
A book for your kids with a note about their year
Sitting on the stairs on Christmas morning until your parents tell you Santa came and you can come down *we did this when I was little, too!
Homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning
Movies and bowling on Christmas Day
Visiting a local cemetery and toasting to those we have lost with mimosas and family! *I teared up reading this one, so special
Christmas Eve mass before dinner *one of my personal favorites
Big homemade breakfast on Christmas morning with mimosas!