Old and New Family Traditions of the Season

We all have our own special traditions in our families and am so filled with joy to now have my own family to share the holidays with. Each year they get older and it opens up a few more options as well as they understand what is going on a little more. My family lives far away, I have about 3 ladies I actually know here in this area that I talk to pretty much solely on Facebook and a few bloggers that are great to chat with as well. Kind of sad and embarrassing to actually tell another. Sometimes I think that it would be fun to celebrate holidays with a few friends, but friends in real life seem really hard to come by and somewhat difficult to obtain. It makes having my own family that much more special to me. Loved ones to share my days with. Someone is always here for one another. Granted my husband is gone 80% of the week and getting these things done this year has proved to be rather difficult and makes for quite a few lonely days. Still I have my two beautiful kiddos and blogging to share my thoughts and creations with. I get so excited around this time of year and stress often, but I am always ready for Christmas to come again so we can do everything once more.

Here are few things our family enjoys during the holiday season:
o Talking about the 'Reason for the Season' and The Christmas Story.
o Drink cocoa and watch Christmas cartoons until the kids and Daddy passes out.
o Christmas stories- a story a day.
o Driving around to see Christmas lights around town and other large lit up neighborhoods.
o We always open a gift on Christmas Eve- New Christmas pajamas and socks!
o Bake cookies and other baked goods to share with our neighbors and other community folk.
o We buy breakfast for the garbage truck men and a soda as a Christmas thanks.
o Crafting time and making ornaments together.
o We actually do snack cakes in our stockings every year with a giant candy cane, a chocolate cross and little stocking stuffer gifts.
o Driving down the road singing Christmas songs until the cows come home.
o Buy a gift for a boy and a girl for the Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Club.
o The kids are required to go through their toys and give up a majority of them in order to get new gifts. -We donate them to Salvation Army, Purple Ribbon thrift store that benefits a local Battered Women Shelter or the local Christian Ministries thrift store.
o Random Acts of Kindness when the moment arises.
o The kids take turns donating to the Salvation Army bell ringers at the store. (Sometimes I feel so guilty and wrong if we don't donate and walk past, but we don't always have cash or the extra to give)

New things we have started this year: 
Elf of the shelf- acts of kindness with a little mischief fun. (I am not into wasting and writing notes to the kids of different things they can do to be good or do good is a much better option)
Making a Gingerbread house as a family.
Christmas tree silhouette dancing.
We are scheduled to help with a bagged lunch put together at a local soup kitchen when the kids are out of school.
Attend a Live Nativity Scene.
Advent calendar with scripture, games, songs and other activities each day.

*Posts about all of our Christmas fun to come soon!

Do you stay with old traditions and carry them on and add some new ones in like us? 


Amy Perdew said...

All good and fun things here listed and will say we are going to drive around with the girls this weekend looking at lights on different houses. Always such a fun thing to do for sure. Thanks for sharing and Happy Wednesday!! :)

Amy Perdew said...

Thanks, light looking is always a great time! Have a great Wednesday yourself! :)


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