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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas traditions

I LOVE Christmas time. The sights, smells, the magic in the air. We don't have many Christmas traditions but we do have a few. Christmas pjs being one of them. Every year the littles get a new set of holiday jammies. I love the idea of giving them new pjs on Christmas Eve but I don't have the patience to wait that long and we like to wear them all through December. 
A new thing for us this year is wrapping up Christmas books to unwrap one a night until Christmas time. The littles are LOVING this and not only do they look forward to their night to unwrap but also to just seeing what the book is for the night. I love that they love our nightly reading time. 

Another tradition for us is Church on Christmas Eve. I usually work in the nursery during the services. I love the fellowship with my co-workers and the littles have a blast in the nursery, hearing the Christmas story, seeing friends. We try to also attend the last service if they aren't too worn out. This also helps run out some of their energy so they have an easy time heading to bed on Christmas Eve.

Last year we started the tradition of Starbucks hot chocolate (and a chai latte for mommy) while we drive around in our pjs and look at the Christmas lights. We'll be doing that one night next week.

I'd say one of my littles favorites is of course baking a decorating sugar cookies for Santa.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? 

I'm linking up with Darci and her friends for the Holly Jolly PJ party - head on over and join in! 

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the girl in the red shoes said...

Aww such cute kiddos in adorable Christmas jammies! Thanks for linking up with us!

Colleen Pence said...

I love your idea of wrapping Christmas books and revealing one each night. And, of course, I love the Starbuck's and lights idea. I'm adding that to my list for later this week. Thanks, Katie!

Unknown said...

Advent. Specifically the Advent Calendar. It's one I made (with the final assembly done by my mom) and we put a piece of candy for each kid in each day's pocket. I tried it with a coloring thing to coincide with each night's advent reading, but we're pretty bad about remembering to do Advent every night.

Christmas Eve of course.

And one we started when Josh and I got together and wanted to do a tradition that was unique to OUR family and separate from his family with is ex is a movie on Christmas Eve or Christmas day (schedule depending). We decided on Polar Express every year. We really enjoy sitting down with our pumpkin pie or ice cream and hot chocolate and watching this movie. The kids love it. Even the teenagers.

And of course church and reading the Christmas story from Luke.

Traci said...

I love chai lattes too!!