Christmas carding last year with a warm chai.
Let’s talk traditions. Traditions are some of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. The cheer is automatic the second I pull out my grandma’s Christmas plates & mugs (the same ones I ate off as a little girl at her house). Traditions are filled with memories of years past and dreams of years to come. Served with a side of goosebumps, traditions can be the best part of the holiday season; the part we look forward to all year long.
With a little one on the way, our traditions might change a little (going to a movie Christmas Day may not be all that easy the next few years) but one thing is for certain, there will be new traditions. New memories, and new dreams. It’s an exciting Christmas in our house this year. The anticipation of this little dude is at an all time high, but the excitement to spend one last holiday just the two of us, with our very own traditions, is just as high. Some traditions I wait for all year long include:
1. Turning on the Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving – and singing along all month long.
2. Decorating a live tree with my love. Filling every bough with ornaments that mean something to us – many of which, are snowmen.
3. Baking cookies. All kinds, all season long. We love to give them to everyone, especially Santa.
4. Eating our Surf & Turf (steak & lobster) Christmas night off the aforementioned Christmas plates. And we can’t forget about the cinnamon rolls Christmas morning!
5. Picking out one BIG present for the two of us every year (last year was a trip to the UK, the year before a new camera).
6. Snuggling up with something warm to drink in our new Christmas PJs Christmas Eve. Usually with a movie, always with each other.
7. Finding a spot for all our Christmas swag in a (most likely, or so it seems) new house.
8. Writing our Christmas letter (short & sweet is the way to go for us) for our Christmas card – and sending them to the people we love.
9. A Christmas walk.
10. Many nights listening to Bing Crosby on the couch, snuggled up and admiring our beautiful tree.
Those are just some of the many traditions we have going on, and we’re beyond excited to add a few more in the years to come (advent calendars, mistletoe and wreath making, Christmas stories in bed on Christmas Eve perhaps?) as our little family grows. What are your favorite Christmas traditions?