It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I love everything about the holidays, from the music to the food, to spending tons of time with my friends and family. Over the years I’ve added a few family Christmas traditions. I wanted to share how I like to celebrate the holidays with my peeps.
• The Elf on the Shelf – I don’t know how I got pulled into this nonsense, but I’m in the thick of it now. Our elf Criddle, arrived 4 years ago. I occasionally set up cute little scenes, but I mostly just move Criddle from one place to another.
Watch all the Christmas movies – I love watching Christmas movies, and I mean all of the movies. I love the classics; Rudolph, Frosty, and Charlie Brown. I watch all of the repetitive Hallmark Christmas movies (you know they are all the same). I even watch the Netflix newbies. The family and I will hunker down and spend an entire Sunday watching Christmas movies.
• Riding around looking at Christmas lights – I don’t care how old you are, riding around neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights is one of life’s most simple pleasures. I like to add blankets and hot chocolate to the rides to make it a little extra special.
• The Christmas Eve Box – When I was little, my mom used to let me and my brothers open one present on Christmas Eve. I won’t let my kiddos open any presents, but I do prepare a Christmas Eve box. The box includes new PJs, hot chocolate, popcorn, reindeer food (oatmeal & glitter), and a book. I look forward to opening my box every Christmas Eve, even if I’m the one who put it together.
Cooking party food on Christmas Eve- This is a relatively new tradition that I started with my son. On Christmas Eve we cook up wings, cocktails sausages, deviled eggs, spinach dip, and a kid – friendly cocktail drink. My son has been asking about this year’s menu for the past three weeks.
• Christmas morning pancakes – I can’t imagine Christmas morning without pancakes, I think they are perfect for the holiday. Each year I make pancakes for the crew and I sometimes get a little creative.
What are some of your family’s holiday traditions?