I haven’t done this in awhile, but today I am linking up with Courtney of Eat Pray Run, DC, Cynthia of You Signed Up for What?!? and Mar from Mar on the Run, for their Friday Five. I fell out of practice a couple of months ago and I’m so excited to come back! These three gals are so great to host this every Friday, so I’m hoping you’ll head over and show them some love! Today’s topic is
The Diva actually had this as her project last night for school. Her list was a little different than mine – hers was heavy on presents and cookies! What is everyone in your families favorite holiday tradition? Here’s mine.
Hunting for the Tree
If I had to pick one tradition I never want to end, it’s this one. Every year since we had The Boy we’ve gone and cut down our own tree at a Tree Farm. It’s a little “Over the river and through the woods” adventure that I just love. Watching how the kids grow each year, how they interact, how they think about tradition – this starts off the whole holiday for me and brings me back to center. This year for the first time, The Boy was allowed to help saw the tree. They are getting so big and yet this tradition helps me to hold onto them as babies just a little longer.
Alone time With Santa
We don’t do lines well. Scratch that. I don’t deal well with lines. So, every year we try to do an event where we can get some one-on-one time with Santa. Some years that didn’t pan out, but this year was magical. I believe this was the most perfect year ever – both kids still believe and the little one wasn’t afraid. Pure MAGIC.
Since DOC’s grandparents passed away a few years ago, we have had the tradition of hosting his very large family all for dinner at our home in a very non-traditional way. One year DOC cooked an Asian dinner, last year I did an Italian feast and this year we’re trying our hand at New Orleans fare. Wish us luck!
I’ve talked before about why I love the Elf on the Shelf. I know that this is our last year that we’re going to have two believers. I know the time is coming fast for the kids not to believe anymore – and I cherish and hold tight to these magical moments with the Elf. We are all so stressed every minute of the Holidays. Allowing ourselves to laugh about where he gets placed and hearing the laughter of the kids each morning as they find him helps us to keep front of mind what is most important – the two little blessings in our own home. Their laughter fills our home and our hearts. Thanks Lightning for making them laugh every day.
And if we can get him to do naughty things every now and then to break the tension – we do that too. Elf Gone Wild is one of our favorites.
Years ago my Aunt introduced us to the tradition of getting new pjs on Christmas Eve. I carried this over to our kids and each year I try to find coordinating jammies for the whole family. Now that the kids are older and very specific about what colors they will and won’t wear, this year everyone got ones that they would like. The Elf actually had to bring them today because it was PJ day at school and The Diva has hit a growth spurt recently and none of her pjs fit in an appropriate way – I couldn’t send the kid to school in high waters and a belly shirt! I’m not going to lie, the worst thing about cooking for the whole family for Christmas (and really, this is the only bad part – I really do love having the house filled with people, you know I show my love through cooking!) is having to get out of my Christmas pajamas.
For me, Christmas is a beginning and an ending. It is magic and memories. It is remembrance of years gone by and the starting of a new year. It is the celebration of another year with our babies and a hope that they stay little forever.
Happy Holidays and may your days be merry!
What are some of your favorite traditions? Which of the other Traditions pages did you check out?