Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the lights, the smells, the food, and the decorations. I especially love the Christmas traditions that my family yearly partakes in. It’s as if Christmas brings out the nostalgia in a person. When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately began thinking of all the traditions that I could start doing with my baby girl, especially for Christmas.
So what is a tradition? Traditions are actions or behaviors that you engage in repeatedly that are performed the same way and at the the same time. Your family traditions can be big or small, but they need to be unique to your family so they have a special place within your family. Your tradition needs to be outside of your daily normal routine meaning watching every Wednesday night’s Survivor is not a family tradition, but watching Home Alone every Thanksgiving as a family is a tradition. Traditions make your family unique and can lend a certain sense of magic to your family.
Traditions are so important in shaping your beautiful child’s identity. As silly as this may sound, having family traditions can help provide your child confidence by instilling a sense of belongingness. Traditions strengthen a family’s bond by providing the, what seems to be rare nowadays, one-on-one interaction helping family members to bond and trust each other. Traditions provide a sense of comfort in this ever changing world. Children crave stability and when things are constantly changing, a child can have comfort in knowing that traditions are always constant. Family traditions will also create long lasting memories and I think we all can agree that memories are priceless.
With all of that said, I hope I have peaked your interest. Here are a few of my own family traditions, particularly Christmas traditions, that I will be starting with my own family of 3.
Christmas Ornament Exchange
Ever since I was a little girl, my mother would give me and my siblings a christmas ornament each and would write the year on the ornament. All of my ornaments would be hung on our family tree until I moved out and was able to put my childhood ornaments on my own Christmas tree. My childhood ornaments mean so much to me and always bring back such a fond, special memories. My mother put so much time and effort in picking out the ‘right’ ornament for me that symbolized special something in my life. As a 32 year old woman, I look forward to getting my ornament this year. I’m sure my mother will pick out something that is related to me becoming a first time mom, at least I hope.
Receiving an ornament from my mother means so much to me that I am carrying on the same tradition in my own family. My daughter has her own mini Christmas tree in her room and already has her ‘Baby’s 1st Christmas’ ornament. A Christmas ornament is something she can keep forever and carry on the tradition with her own family one day. I particularly love the ornaments that can be customized such as PersonalizationMall.com. PersonalizationMail.com customizes your ornament to say whatever you would like for it to say and its professionally done. No need for you to stress about making a mistake or having a shaky hand. The website also has lots of ornaments to choose from so if your child loves teddy bears, puppies, or Elmo you can find an ornament related to those things there.
Go all out on a holiday card.
You make countless pictures of your children throughout the year. Why not show off your pictures by putting them on a holiday card? Very rarely does a person actually receive mail as in really good mail and not junk mail or bills. Any mail that a person typically does receive is emailed to a person. Brighten someone’s day by sending out a holiday card. Better yet, yearly schedule a family photo session specifically for your holiday card.
Splurge on Christmas pajamas.
There is nothing cuter than Christmas pjs. Period. After all I’m sure your children want to look their best for Santa. Make sure to take plenty of photos to capture the moment.
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Have a Christmas family night.
It is so easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle that we simply forget to just spend time with family. The period after Thanksgiving and before Christmas Eve flies by and is often busy with scheduled extended family gatherings, Christmas parties, shopping, etc…that is is so easy to forget to pause life and just spend time with loved ones. Make it family tradition to have one night of watching nothing but Christmas movies, decorating gingerbread houses, and eating homemade cookies. Better yet, load up your car, pick up some ice cream and go look at Christmas lights. Something about seeing twinkling lights in your children’s eyes will melt your holiday stress or better yet make you feel like a child again.
Adopt an Angel Tree.
I just love seeing the excitement in a child’s eyes when they talk about Santa. Santa talk makes me want to be a kid again when life was just so simple and magical. However, as a mother, it’s important to teach children that Christmas is so much more than just Santa Claus. Teach your children the importance of giving versus receiving. As a mother, I want my daughter to be kind and selfless. What better way to teach children to be selfless then to adopt an Angel tree and buy items for a child that might not get a Christmas. Of course, you can always choose another organization to support gift giving than the Angel Tree as there are lots of charities and programs that provide for the less fortunate. Spend an afternoon with your children picking out clothes and toys for others and teach your children the important of giving and being kind to others.
Start your own unique tradition.
Do something unique and unheard of for your family. Just make sure to stick with it and make it special.