Traditions

Now that John and I have a child, we’ve been talking more about traditions. Are there things we want to carry over from our own families for Elijah? Are there certain holiday traditions we want to begin as a family of three?

So far we’ve discusses Christmas traditions. We’ll continue to join my parents for Christmas Eve Mass as part of their family tradition. As far as gifts for Christmas are concerned, I like the idea of “something they want, something they need, something they wear, and something they read”. Don’t tell Elijah I’ve already purchased him a few books for under the tree. 

I also like the tradition of a Christmas ornament each year that begins to fill the tree. I’m searching for the perfect “First Christmas” ornament. 

While I am in no hurry to skip over Thanksgiving, I did order Elijah a personalized stocking. Six years later and Pottery Barn still makes the same ones John and I have with our names on them!

What are some traditions you’ve carried over to your own families? 

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11 thoughts on “Traditions

  1. Hi Kellie, TRADITIONS WE HAVE FOR (35) years started the tradition of Selecting a WATERFORD XMAS TREE ORNAMENT EACH YEAR IT CHANGES. Suggest you check it out. Enjoy traditions๐Ÿ€

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  2. We give 3 gifts to represent the 3 gifts presented to Jesus. Yes, you can bundle 4 books to make one gift, an entire outfit is one gift, etc. but none of the gifts are very large. And we do an advent of activities – bake cookies, look at lights, give money to the red kettle, donate food, etc.

  3. Advent candles/calendar, one small gift is opened on Christmas Eve, mass and a Chinese meal on Christmas Eve, cinnamon rolls Christmas morning, and board games played Christmas night. I would like to add a new tradition of celebrating St. Nicholas, not sure yet. Stay tuned. I’m so excited for you to experience Christmas for the first time with Elijah!

  4. We got to the beach on Christmas, after mass. Join us! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Once we were a little older Christmas Eve was just with our family. Then it changed to celebrating with soup and board games with neighbors. Now we are in Florida. The first year we were here we tried Christmas Eve mass, as we had done for so many years… but realized a day of vacation, followed by mass, was not the best idea. I love Christmas morning mass and always hope one of the songs is “Go Tell it on a Mountain.”

    For our kids- we haven’t gotten into a groove with anything just yet. Love doing Advent calendars and placing in all the fun stuff we do throughout the season. One part of those is wrapping (re-wrapping) Christmas books to open and read, and recording classing Christmas movies to watch on our own time.

    We do a limited number of gifts in the “want, need, wear, read” pattern. But “need” is usually another toy or book because if it’s a true “need”- it isn’t waiting. Stockings get snacks or small toys (but you’ll reach a point when you no longer need a matchbox car!). Santa brought the “want” item last year.

    They have made ornaments each year. I suggest hitting up the ceramic studios in town and have Elijah do it! Zach’s first and second year’s were due to daycare/playgroup activities. His 3rd Christmas and Morgan’s first were done at a ceramic studio and last year we made our own with clear bulbs. I’m definitely doing the studio again this year.

    So fun!!!!

    • I love the idea of creating the ornaments! What a great idea!
      Yes to Christmas movies and music. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Your “White (sand) Christmas” is different than our White Christmas. At least your style is a sure thing. We might be stuck with brown grass…

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