“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” -Luke 2:14
I love hearing about and incorporating new family holiday traditions… the big ones and the small ones. At one point during my children’s growing up years I almost stopped some of the ones we had been doing for years. Not because I had gotten lazy but because I didn’t think my family cared one way or another. What I found out was that they did care and they did expect the yearly traditions even if they didn’t always vocalize that. So I started back doing them all, the manger scene, the Christmas Eve pickle hunt, the Christmas cookies, even the Kight family touch football game!
I decided to ask the MOPS moms what traditions they do. (Watch out Kight family, more traditions may be added this year!) Here are some really great ideas from the ladies:
Alec’s family has a “Cousin’s Christmas” at Thanksgiving. Her mother’s side of the family gathers during the Thanksgiving holidays to enjoy Christmas so that at Christmas time they are all freed up to head to the other sides of their families. This allows both sides to have their time together without hurt feelings and someone feeling slighted or left out. This would alleviate a lot of stress!
Allyssa wants to start a new tradition she read about this year. It’s to give the children a box to open on Christmas Eve. This isn’t just any box though. This box is packed and wrapped especially for the night Santa is to come. It contains popcorn, a Christmas movie, and new Christmas pajamas to wear while watching the movie. She plans to get the whole family cozy on the couch and spend some special moments of laughter and fun together before the big day! Oh my, that sounds like great memories in the making!
Alec uses her traditional saying as a guide for buying Christmas gifts in her house, “Something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need”. That will keep her focused and away from a lot of impulse buying that busts the budget.
Sarah’s family has a tradition of getting together with EVERYONE from her mom’s side of the family during the holidays. It’s a huge group she says but she looks forward to seeing and catching up with everyone!
Ashley’s family does the Advent calendar with her children during the month of December. She also hangs 25 candy canes on the tree. Each day they can take one candy cane off and enjoy it as they count down to Christmas!
Aren’t these great ideas! Thanks for sharing ladies! Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy every moment with your family!
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