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Christmas Traditions, how to keep them alive

Christmas tradition and holiday traditions

Christmas traditions are something that I see being passed down from generation to generation.  At some point the story of why or how it got started gets blurred, but it’s all the same.  Because that is how we do it.

It’s no surprising that my family has changed some over the past year.  I’ve gotten married, which you can see the photos here.  J and I moved from the town that I had called the last 7 years home, which you can read about here.  And now we have two families that we would give anything to spend time with during the holidays.

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On top of all of my changes, my family has gone through some adjustments over the past few years.  My cousins have gotten married, had families, moved away to college, and even my sister has moved recently.  It’s getting harder and harder for all of us to be together for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

However, there are ways to keep them with me even when we aren’t all together.  Our Christmas traditions have become second nature to me.  Some of them I can’t imagine NOT doing during Christmas.  It would just be plain weird and wrong.  I mean really wrong.  But I realized that I have a husband and I’m sure not all of his Christmas traditions growing up were the same as mine.  And I’m sure that we will create our own traditions over the years.

But there are a few holiday traditions that I want to keep alive from my family.  Here are my favorites:

1) new set of PJs on Christmas Eve so we can wear them on Christmas morning
2) watching the new and old version of Miracle on 34th Street on Thanksgiving
3) filling our stockings with knick-knacks and favorite candies
4) mystery gift for one person each Christmas Eve
5) no bake, chocolate oatmeal with coconut cookies like my Grandma makes
6) Theme nights for Christmas Eve (as you can probably tell by the photo)

This year we spent Thanksgiving with my family and plan to spend Christmas with his.  So these little Christmas traditions is how I am going to keep my family close to me even though I can’t be with them.


O Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree It’s a family tradition that the weekend following Thanksgiving that Mom and Dad break out the Christmas tree.  One of my favorite moments out of each year is when we get to decorate the tree, hang the ornaments and then stand back in awe of our creation.  Each year we choose a new theme for the tree, and then we go out to the stores to find the perfect ribbon or garland.
Christmas Tree This year we chose bronze.  It’s not so much a theme like winter wonderland, but it’s still a theme nonetheless.  We found some pretty ribbon at Hobby Lobby and added that to our tree.  The best part is when we get to hang ornaments on the tree.  Hearing stories, laughing and spending time together is pretty special.  Plus, we have one ornament that is always put on last.  It’s a clip-on porcelain dove.  Mom says she bought it years ago when my Mom and Dad were first married at Dillard’s in St. Louis.  We’re not sure why we started hanging this one last or why the tradition has stuck around so long.  This year to ensure that I could be the one to hang it up, I noticed it in the box, grabbed it and then hid it from everyone else.  It may be a little childish to hide an ornament, but at the end of the day I am the one that gets to hang it!  It’s good being the awnry little sister sometimes.
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Photo on 2012-12-13 at 14.52 #2

Life is a ride. Simple phrase that explains so much.

I graduated from college with my Masters. Celebrated Christmas with my family and J’s family. Traveled over 8 hours in a car in less than 36 hours. Rang in the New Year with J and some great friends. Started living on my own again. survived what felt like a plague that lasted way too long.

I plan on sharing my New Year’s Resolutions with you in the next few days and to blog a bit more consistently in 2013.

Here’s to hoping and trying to develop better habits, spend more time laughing and less time stressing this year.