Christmas is coming and my mind is turning already to what I’m going to add to the holiday this year to give it that special touch. I want to continue with some of the traditions I grew up with but now that I have a family and children I want to add some special traditions that are for our family.
Growing up, the first day of December my mom would bring out our Santa chimney advent calendar where it would sit up on the mantel. Each morning we would take turns getting to open the box and there was a treat inside for each of us.
Then the first weekend in December we would go out tree shopping. This was one of the most exciting parts of Christmas for me. It made the whole “Christmas is coming” feel so real! Using a real tree meant it had to dry out for a couple days before we could decorate. To a child that felt like a life time. Our tree was never a color themed tree, it was always decorated with home made decorations. I loved the memories each one would bring as we put them on the tree. We didn’t just have an ordinary tree we had a tree that told a story.
One of my parents rules was that we weren’t allowed to play any Christmas music or watch any Christmas shows until Dec. 1. Once that date arrived we would listen to anything from Alvin and the Chipmunks to Bing Crosby. We can’t forget the shows… we would watch California Raisins Christmas, Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and my all time favorite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Now that I have moved out and started my own family I have chosen to carry on a few traditions from when I was growing up. My mom is a talented sewer and she made my kids an advent calendar that holds treats in a sack for every morning.
When is came time to find that unique special stocking for my first born I couldn’t find one for the life of me. Since my mom taught me some of her sewing tips and tricks I decided to make his stocking. Then of course I had to make a matching for my husband and myself. When my daughter came along I made stocking #4.
Our Christmas tree goes up as soon as my husband will give into my nagging and let me put it up. This is usually mid to the end of November. It is decorated with some of my decorations from my childhood, and as my kids get older we add those yearly. I like to make salt dough ornaments every year for them to paint and hang. I also have purchased a new decoration for them each year that they will get for their tree when they move out. Our tree also tells a story and reminds me of how much my kids grow and change each year.
The first Christmas movie I bought for my kids was of course How the Grinch Stole Christmas. My son has picked out some others like Mickey’s Once upon Christmas, Mickey’s Twice upon Christmas, and Tigger & Pooh Super Sleuth Christmas Movie. We haven’t come across any Christmas music that has clung to our family yet, but I do still listen to Bing Crosby sometimes just to have some memory flash backs.
What are your favorite childhood traditions and did you continue them with your own kids?
Lindsay is a mom of 3, Karson (5) McKenna (3) and Mason (3 months). She lives in Canada and works at a local daycare. Currently on maternity leave for a year she is loving being a stay at home mom. She has been cloth diapering her children and has fallen in love with this adventure, always open to trying new diapers, and other products as well. She would love to show you that cloth diapering is not all that scary as you may think.
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