Holiday Traditions

I am big on traditions. I grew up in a household with lots of holiday traditions – we celebrate Christmas. And I cannot wait to start traditions with Theo this year! Last Christmas he was only 8 weeks old, so we were all just trying to survive. I wanted to share some of my favorite holiday traditions, and find out what yours are as well!!


My favorite part of our house to decorate every year is not the tree, but the mantle. I have framed our Christmas cards since 2006, when we got married. I display them on the mantle! While one day we will run out of room for all of our cards, it will be fun to look back and see how our family grew and changed year over year, especially when Theo gets older.

Every Christmas Eve, we would leave cookies and milk out for Santa. My friend designs and makes these cutting boards and we have one for Theo so that he can leave treats out for Santa and his reindeer too! If you are interested in learning more about the cutting boards, leave me a comment or send me an email and I will get you in touch!

We never decorated gingerbread houses, but we did cookies! My husband’s family also decorates cookies. We wanted to do gingerbread house decorating with Theo! He might be a little too young this year to really enjoy it, since he just immediately started eating the sprinkles and licking the gingerbread pieces when we put them in front of him. But it was cute nonetheless. Next time, we will be prebuilding the houses with a hot glue gun (a pro tip I got from a friend!) before we decorate, since Theo’s house immediately collapsed.

Tell me about your holiday traditions!

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Traditions

  1. Louise E. Williams

    Many traditions that you have probably heard about from me before. Buying a new ornament for each of our children every Christmas and dating it, so that one day I could give them all of these ornaments for their own tree. Usually the ornament had some special significance for them that year. Going to Christmas Eve worship of course. Driving around to see some of the special lights in the neighborhood. Decorating cookies as you mentioned and especially making my Grandmother’s ginger cookie recipe(a favorite). Watching Miracle on 34th Street was also a tradition. Writing a Christmas letter which in turn actually became a journal summarizing our year. And of course, leaving cookies and milk out for Santa. Can’t wait to experience all the traditions you create with Theo and to enjoy his excitement that the season brings.

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