I love the expectation of knowing what is to come....the anticipation of doing that "special thing" usually once a year.....the joy and comfort that comes with a well loved tradition. On the flip side I hate that feeling of loss when a tradition goes to the wayside, especially one of those that was so well loved.
As Micah and I began our family 16 years ago, I was very excited to establish our family traditions that would stay well loved for years and years. What I have come to learn is that some of the things we have incorporated have stayed, and some of them have dropped off. What I thought would be a set in stone one time decision, has changed and morphed into new things every year. I love that some traditions have come from our childhood families, some have come from our early married days, and most have come after we had our beautiful children.
I am constantly looking for new things to incorporate into our family holiday traditions. I am going to share with you some of our favorite traditions for Christmas, and I would love it if you would in turn leave a comment listing some of your favorites.
|Micah and Emma snuggled and listening to the radio show "Cinnamon Bear."|
Our kids LOVE this story. We all look forward to sitting in the evenings and listening to the next episode. A few years ago Micah found an old stuffed Cinnamon Bear that makes an appearance every December to join us in our listening adventures. In the past we have printed off coloring pages that we found here. There are 26 episodes in all, and each only about 11 minutes long. A true delight that harkens back to days gone by.
|Christmas Prophecy boxes|
|Our advent calendar|
Some of our other favorite traditions for this time of the year are decorating cookies, family bake night, Christmas Eve service, new pj's on Christmas Eve, a white elephant exchange of something we no longer want, and eating boiled shrimp on Christmas Eve night.
We are implementing some new traditions this year. On Christmas Eve one child each year will put baby Jesus in the manger that has sat empty for the month. One more way to anticipate the coming of the Babe. On Christmas night we will follow the candlelight to our outside wooden nativity and sing hymns of praise, reflection, and celebration.
I am sure there are more traditions that I am forgetting but these are the ones that floated to the top of my memory banks. What are some of your favorites?