For this post, I teamed up with Patience Brewster to share my little list of holiday traditions. Patience Brewster is an artist and designer of holiday greeting cards and ornaments. Her Christmas ornaments are tastefully made and very inspiring.
Christmas is all about family, and friends who are like family, next to Jesus Christ. Although it is fun to receive gifts, and we have an excuse to gorge on delicious food this season, I find it more meaningful to start our own Christmas traditions as a young family. For me, traditions are important in making and preserving wonderful memories of the family. I think the activities we do as a family, simple as they may be, are what strengthen our bond, what make each family member feel valued and loved; above all, they are what the children’s roots of faith are built on.
What I want for our Christmas family tradition is uncomplicated. Here’s my plan:
- Have the children participate in decorating the Christmas tree. That actually happened this year. I think they’re old enough to help. Or it was the eldest who hanged the majority of the decor. I didn’t quite see because Ella said it was a surprise. When I finally opened my eyes, I saw that from the bottom to a little past the middle of our artificial tree is where the ornaments are concentrated. So the top part wouldn’t be too bare, I strung most of the ribbon there, plus a few pieces of decor I plucked from the crowded branches.
- Make personalized ‘thank you’ cards to give to people who will give them gifts. This will reinforce an attitude of gratitude, I hope.
- Collect their pre-loved clothes and toys, to purge our home and to give to those in need.
- As what we have done before, like almost every year, have a Christmas eve meal (dinner, usually) with our extended family.
- On Christmas day, in line with my intention of keeping Christ in Christmas, we will pray to God together to thank Him for sending us His Son. Then we will have a delicious breakfast before opening the gifts, while taking photos.
- We may visit the kids’ deceased grandparents, like we did one time, and probably have a Christmas day family dinner together somewhere or at home.
- I think that a family photo with our Christmas tree is a must. You would think that that is easy with a photographer for a husband, but there are details concerned like the normal lighting and the available backdrop that are not so conducive for a photoshoot, in his opinion. Well, he didn’t have to worry about these things one evening a couple of years back. We had a photoshoot at a photographer friend’s house with the theme Christmas Morning. The costumes were easy: pajamas! It was a full-blown photoshoot with hot lighting and loads of props. And then, we got to eat yummy food afterward! Below is one of the photos from that evening. I’m glad my baby seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight for a little while, before we had our family pictures taken. 🙂
- When it would be time for us to change our Christmas tree colors and decor, I will definitely let my kids have a say in the matter. I would love for them to pick really meaningful and even quirky ones. Although, I already have a color of choice in mind.
How about you? What are your family Christmas traditions? I would love to read about them in the comments!