TSS: Virtual Advent Tour-Christmas Traditions

I’m happy to be today’s stop for the Advent tour.  To start things off, I want to wish my husband a Happy Anniversary! This is our first “significant” anniversary, but in my mind they are all significant.

Reminiscing on the decade we’ve been together, I started thinking of all the traditions we’ve started together, particularly this time of year. Christmas has always been an important part of my life, so getting married right before Christmas seemed appropriate.

Our first “tradition” started on our wedding day.  We had a nice quiet wedding ceremony in our home, in front of the Christmas tree. Earlier that day, waiting in the court house for our marriage license, we worked on our Christmas cards.  I signed my married name for the first time; our Christmas cards served as a wedding announcement, in a sense, as well.

Anyway, here are a few of the other traditions we’ve started over the years.  Since we travel nearly every year to family, at first it was hard to have traditions as our own.  Now that the boys are older, we work hard to stick to these traditions.

  • Christmas pajamas!! Every year I buy everyone a special set of pajamas that are to be worn on Christmas Eve. It really puts everyone in the holiday mood & it’s really cute that the boys’ pajamas match. Now that they are getting older I’m sure that will change.
  • Christmas books: It’s pretty obvious that we read a lot of books, but this time of year in particular we read several Christmas stories together.  Charlie Brown Christmas is a favorite (this year we’re experiencing an interactive version on my Nook tablet!). This year, we’ve been reading a bit from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 
  • Christmas ornaments: This tradition started when my husband & I got married. We didn’t have many ornaments of our own, so we started giving ornaments to one another in order to fill our tree. Needless to say, I got a little carried away and we have more than enough!  We have several from the boys toddler years, including their favorite movies & television characters.  This still holds true, we have at least half a dozen Star Wars ornaments on our tree.  If we go on a family vacation, I pick up an ornament to remember the trip.

These are just a few of our favorite traditions. I’m sure we’ll continue to create them and I hope the boys carry on some of these traditions as they grow older and form their own families!

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?


17 Comments to "TSS: Virtual Advent Tour-Christmas Traditions"

  1. December 18, 2011 - 6:19 AM | Permalink

    Such a sweet story! Happy Anniversary. :)

  2. Unfinished Person's Gravatar Unfinished Person
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    December 18, 2011 - 8:46 AM | Permalink

    Funny, but that’s what I wrote about for my Sunday Salon post too today: Christmas traditions. The main one is that I like to listen to Dylan Thomas’ “A Child Christmas in Wales.”

  3. Mandy @ Adventures in Borkdom's Gravatar Mandy @ Adventures in Borkdom
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    December 18, 2011 - 9:08 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing both your Christmas traditions and your marriage story. I love that you had a small ceremony in front of your Christmas tree. It seems that Christmas has always been a special part of your life, but now it is doubly so. Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas!

  4. Tamara Randi's Gravatar Tamara Randi
    December 18, 2011 - 10:01 AM | Permalink

    Sounds like a lovely wedding and I really like the pajama gifts. Happy Anniversary.
    My vacation Christmas ornaments are little angels. I was thankful this year to have the places written on a couple of them…lol. I got Santa Fe and San Juan Batista’s confussed. They are both clay angels made at the missions by monks.
    happy days to you and yours

  5. Sarah @ Word Hits's Gravatar Sarah @ Word Hits
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    December 18, 2011 - 10:30 AM | Permalink

    What a lovely post. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas! And Anniversary!!!

  6. kaye's Gravatar kaye
    December 18, 2011 - 10:45 AM | Permalink

    I love that you were married in front of a Christmas tree and I so love the ornament gift tradition. Merry Christmas. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  7. December 18, 2011 - 11:13 AM | Permalink

    What nice traditions! And happy anniversary!

  8. Colleen's Gravatar Colleen
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    December 18, 2011 - 11:27 AM | Permalink

    Happy Anniversary! I love that you wrote your cards in the courthouse on your wedding day!

    I also collect ornaments when I travel – doesn’t it make the tree decorating a real trip down memory lane?

  9. Chrisbookarama's Gravatar Chrisbookarama
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    December 18, 2011 - 2:01 PM | Permalink

    Happy Anniversary!

    We do Christmas PJs too. It’s the first official gift opened.

  10. December 18, 2011 - 2:42 PM | Permalink

    Happy Anniversary, Jenn!

    I love that you get Christmas pjs. I love those, too. ;)

  11. Laura's Gravatar Laura
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    December 18, 2011 - 8:00 PM | Permalink

    Happy anniversary! I love Christmas pajamas. We don’t really have many traditions, but I just love spending the time with family. My husband and I got engaged on Christmas two years ago, so that is a nice holiday memory.

  12. December 18, 2011 - 8:21 PM | Permalink

    My family’s traditions include driving around to look at lights, putting the tree up right after Thanksgiving, going on a weekend getaway with family, going to see It’s a Wonderful Life in the local art theater (for the last 22 years!), and baking, and music, and Christmas sweaters, and collecting Christmas tree pins. :-)

  13. December 18, 2011 - 8:21 PM | Permalink

    Happy Anniversary!!

    We always get new PJs too – this year they are little dogs with antlers, very cute.

  14. anita's Gravatar anita
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    December 18, 2011 - 9:10 PM | Permalink

    We do pajamas too! We typically get each child an ornament too. We always have monkey bread Christmas morning. We go to church Christmas Eve I love this post!

  15. December 18, 2011 - 10:29 PM | Permalink

    What great family traditions Jenn. I am like that to with the new pjs for xmas and a new outfit to wear on Xmas day.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.

  16. Marg's Gravatar Marg
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    December 18, 2011 - 10:48 PM | Permalink

    Thanks so much for participating in the advent tour, and happy anniversary!

    I love the idea of new Christmas pyjamas – all fluffy and warm and snuggly. Wouldn’t work in our Christmas climate, but I love the idea of it!

    I tend to buy a new ornament each year, but haven’t found anything yet this year that I just must have, which is a little disappointing.

  17. Julie's Gravatar Julie
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    December 20, 2011 - 10:09 AM | Permalink

    Happy Anniversary!

    My Brother in Law and Sister get the kids their Christmas pajamas which is fun because it’s the only thing they open on Christmas Eve. We do Christmas cookies with my mom, sister and nephew annually. We did this as kids and it is one of my fond memories.
    I always put ornaments on the tree from when I was a kid as well as the ones we have collected over the years. The kids get a kick out of hearing about the ornaments from my childhood and what they meant.

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