We are just a day away from our Elf on the Shelf making her debut for the season, and it has me thinking so much about the holiday traditions that we look forward to year after year. Harper has an amazing memory, and has already brought up things we did last year that she can’t wait to do again. Like making reindeer pancakes & going to the Christmas tree farm!
When we were little, my uncle always came over on Christmas morning with donuts. And even though we had been awake for hours because snuck downstairs before the sun came up to see if Santa came, we would have to wait to open our presents. We would wait for donuts to arrive, and then wait until everyone was finished, and finally we would all run to the family room begging to open something. I realize now why my parents would make us wait, after all the excitement and anticipation for Christmas morning, it is over in an instant & they weren’t ready for it to end.
After all of our presents were opened and we were running around looking for batteries and trying to sort out our piles of new socks, someone would always spot envelopes in the Christmas tree. They would have our names scribbled on them in Santa’s sloppy handwriting, that much resembled my dad’s, and we would drop everything to go open them. Inside they had word puzzles. Word scrambles and clues and bits of Christmas Vacation trivia that would lead us to find our one last present. We went to my grandmother’s house for lunch, which was always spaghetti & meatballs, and then spent the rest of the afternoon sledding in her backyard & ended the day watching the Christmas Story marathon on TBS.
I feel like it is my job to make holidays as memorable & fun for my kids. And not with presents or over the top pinterest projects (seriously, I’m the worst elf on the shelf mom) but just making everyday things magical. We are planning to surprise the kids with a morning of ice skating (assuming they can actually stand up in the kid skates!) and hot chocolate. Harper has already been asking when we can make Christmas cookies, a full day of baking is something we look forward to every year, there is something so fun about a messy kitchen full of flour & frosting with Christmas music playing in the background. We always do a gingerbread house, go to the candle light service on Christmas Eve & camp out in the living room the night after Christmas to enjoy the light of the tree just a little bit longer. And every year when we take our tree down, the girls help Brandon cut off a round slice of the tree trunk, we write the year on it and save them in a big glass jug. Such a fun memory to look back on!!
I say it every year, but seeing holidays through the eyes of your children is the most magical thing in the world. Would love for you to share your FAVORITE holiday traditions & what you look forward to most! It’s so easy to incorporate these little things into our lives to make every day just a little bit more fun.
Hope you all are having a happy week & enjoying the start of the holiday season!! XO