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?