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We are less than a week away from Christmas! Ahh!
As a child, I sometimes assumed that once you were grown, Christmas became more of a hassle than a time of enjoyment. Santa never brought gifts for my parents. My mom spent half of Christmas morning cleaning up all the wrapping paper under the flickering lights of the Christmas tree, and the other half of the day in the kitchen making a three-course meal. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated every second of it, but I was so wrong in my assumptions.
I can’t imagine a more wonderful time of year as a young family. It’s a time where you can establish your own holiday traditions, and they don’t have to incorporate a big fancy dinner [if you don’t want them to]. Each year, since having our first daughter, we have tried out new ideas and started new family traditions for the holidays.
I want my girls to look back at their childhood once they’re older and smile because the holidays were full of joyous times with lots of sugar, love, and laughter. While I enjoy shopping for my children and watching their eyes light up on Christmas morning, I much prefer all of the activities and events leading up to December 25th.
If you have a young family and want to start some new holiday traditions, now is the time. I put together a list of some of our families favorite holiday activities and traditions.
Holiday Traditions for Young Families:
- Driving around the neighborhood looking at lights
- Making and decorating sugar cookies
- Making cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve and then baking them Christmas morning
- Buying and wearing matching Christmas pajamas!
- Buying one new Christmas movie each year and watching it as a family on Christmas Eve
- Writing and mailing letters to Santa [need Santa’s address? You can find it here!]
- Going to local holiday parades
- Visiting Santa
- Cutting down a Christmas tree
- Having a family Christmas craft night
- Giving lightly used toys and clothes to charity or a family in need
- Reading Christmas books through the month of December
- Making cookies for a neighbor
- Buy or make one new ornament to represent the year
- Taking family photos
Choose one, or do them all! Choice is what makes traditions so great. You can do as much or as little as you want. But no matter what you choose to do, be sure to capture the moments with photos and then turn to Shutterfly to make those memories into stunning prints, photo albums and more.
One of my favorite things about Christmas and the holidays is that you can toss out all the traditional meal routines. Heck, the kids are snacking on candy at 8am. While I do consider myself our family’s chef, I make an exception on Christmas. Instead, we do snack foods that we can pick at throughout the day and not have to worry about a pile of dishes in the sink later that night.
We always have some sort of meat, cheese, and cracker tray. It’s tradition! But this year, I decided that it was time for a little change-up. It’s time to kick it up a notch with a Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball. And to keep it festive, I make it into the shape of a wreath and top it with green onions and few cherry tomatoes. It’s slightly cheesy but totally acceptable.
Serve this holiday snack with some lightly salted crackers and an ice cold, fizzing soda. While I was at Albertson’s, doing some of my holiday shopping, I picked up some Coca-Cola 8oz. 6pk glass bottles. The festive bottles bring an extra bit of holiday cheer, and the traditional flavor pairs perfectly with this savory snack.
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What are some of your family’s holiday traditions, and how do you capture the special moments?