Some Christmas traditions are fun, some are sentimental, and some are celebrations of our faith, and today I’d like to hear about your favorite traditions – whether it’s decorating gingerbread houses, visiting a living nativity, or setting out cookies for Santa.
I can’t wait to hear yours!
Balsam Hill is hosting a Countdown To Christmas blog tour, with 25 – $100 gift card giveaways (I’ll tell you more about that in at the end) and today’s my turn!
(See all 25 blogs here)
The Christmas traditions we celebrate often become nearer and dearer our hearts – especially as we get older.
My grandmother had 8 kids and 20+ grandchildren, and she certainly couldn’t afford to give us all gifts, so she baked an extra large Christmas cookie for each grand child, and one by one, we would take turns receiving our cookie from grandma, and it was a big deal to us. It’s been over 20 years since my sweet grandma passed away, and I’m so glad I have these treasured memories of her.
This is her with my daughter. Wasn’t her hair beautiful?
When I was a young girl, my family was good friends with another family, whose father had passed away, leaving the mom with 3 kids to raise.
Our parents began a yearly tradition of going on a getaway during Christmas break together. We didn’t go far from home, but we stayed in a hotel with an indoor pool, and ate breakfast at Denny’s, and it was a chance for my sister and I to have a great time with the 3 kids in the other family, while my parents enjoyed visiting with the widowed mother. We stopped celebrating that tradition when I was in high school, but it is such a special Christmas memory for me, and I’m so glad our parents started it.
When my kids were little, each year I would make a paper chain with 12 links on it, and inside each link was an activity for each day – like baking cookies, or taking them to Baskin Robbins to pick their favorite flavor ice cream cone, or going to the light display held at the city aquarium. Each day, a different child took turns cutting the link to see what the activity was, and they couldn’t wait to do it.
My thanks to Balsam Hill for sending me the Countdown to Christmas sign with metal number tags! It’s on sale right now, so this is a great time to snatch one up for next year.
What are some of your family’s favorite Christmas traditions?
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