Happy, happy holidays! We are getting closer and closer to the Big Dance, and I’m so excited! You know, I’m probably one of few bloggers to say this, but I love Christmas! (I’m just not getting the vibe that other people on Instagram are into Christmas, are you? ;)) I loved it growing up, I love it now, and I love starting new traditions with Aida.
When I use the word “tradition,” I don’t mean that it’s something we absolutely have to do every year. After all, I don’t want to set super high expectations for the holidays, and then end up like Clark Griswold, roaming around doing house repairs with a chainsaw. That being said, there are certain things I have always loved doing around Christmas time:
- Listening to Christmas music–I mean, I know everyone does this, but it’s hard to resist listening to those happy songs and getting all the Christmas feels. My particular favorite is Mannheim Steamroller. We listened to their cassette tapes (what?1?) over and over when we were kids, and that is the music that reeeaaallllyyy gets me nostalgic.
- Going to Christmas Eve mass.
- Baking all sorts of cookies, particularly sugar cookies that we would get to decorate. I have tried to replicate this as an adult, and have failed many times–there’s always next year!
- Wrapping presents–I know, I know, you’re thinking “but that’s just something you have to do,” but it’s an actual tradition when you’re the family’s designated present wrapper. When I was younger, I would go in my room, crank up the Christmas music, snack on some ritz crackers and a Pepperidge Farm Cheese ball, and get to work wrapping up everybody’s presents. No kidding, I even wrapped some of my own–my mom would tape the box shut and I wouldn’t look. (Wish I could channel that kind of willpower into not eating so many carbs and cookies.)
- Wearing festive outfits, like my Be Merry sweatshirt from the Daily Tay. I remember when I was a kid, my mom had a special box that she would bring down from that attic that had all of our Christmas clothes and accessories. Today’s tacky sweater was just a regular old sweater back then! #thegoodoledays
- Celebrating our anniversary on December 8th–going out to a restaurant that is all lit up and decorated for Christmas just makes our anniversary dinner even more special.
- Watching Christmas movies…my favorites are Elf, Love Actually, and Home Alone.
- Eating all the things, because it’s a well established, scientific fact that calories do not count during the holidays.
- Collecting a new ornament for the tree–my mom and both of my grandmothers would always get us a new ornament every Christmas, and I love that I now have all of those ornaments for my true. This is a tradition Matt and I started when we first got married, and of course we have continued it with Aida.
- Spending time with family, particularly family that we don’t see very often. My parents live about six hours away, I have one brother in Florida, and another in North Carolina. Needless to say, we don’t get to see each other too often during the year. Sometimes, we don’t even see each other for the holidays–that’s why I try to enjoy all the moments when we are together, because they don’t come around very often. (Even if we’re spending that time fighting over who gets the remote, because #sibling, amiright?!?)
We are always starting new traditions–I think the important thing is just getting that quality time with family during the holidays. Time to slow down, appreciate what really matters, and really take that “calories don’t count rule” very seriously.
What are some of your family traditions? I’d love to hear about them!
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