Holidays

Family Christmas Traditions

There’s more to Christmas than what’s under the tree. It’s the people, the music, and lights, the Hallmark movies, making Grandma’s famous cookies, and funny stories from years before. Each year we get ready for the holidays. Each year your experiences and traditions might change, but there are those that carry over from year to year and across generations. Those are the ones that hold special meaning.

Here are some traditions that are important for my family and fellow moms.

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Grandma’s Save Your Sanity Tip

Maria from Literally Simple

This genius tradition that we follow in our household is guaranteed to save your sanity the day before Christmas. My grandmother started it, I’m assuming because she had 7 children, and keeping them occupied while she baked all her Christmas goodies was a necessity. The tradition is that one of Santa’s elves visits the house Christmas Eve Eve night and leaves a present for each child. Each child gets to then open up one present on Christmas eve morning. This was a genius move by my grandma because she strategically chose presents that would keep children busy. These gifts might be puzzles, coloring books, crayons, blocks, a sled, or board games, anything that would keep children entertained until Christmas arrived. That’s a straight up mom win!

Maria Halcumb is a teacher and mom who spends her days writing, reading, teaching, and any activity outside. She is on a path to consume less, be more, and gain quality. She lives with her husband and two year old daughter in Vancouver, WA. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Christmas In The Park

Joyce from Celebrate Moms Forever

Every year, my family attends Christmas in the Park during the holiday season.  It’s located in Downtown San Jose in California.  There are over 500 decorated Christmas trees by different local schools and community organizations.  They also have beautiful and festive displays throughout the park.  My family and I enjoy quality time together while we walk around and look at all the holidays displays.

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Cutting The Christmas Tree

Kim from This Mama Needs Chocolate

Growing up we always had a fake tree, mainly due to our travels the day after Christmas and the mess it made. Since starting a family of my own we put on our warmest clothes, gather with the same friends and their children, and search for the perfect Christmas tree. My husband is known to take the longest, and walk the farthest, in search of “the one”. Connecticut has tons of tree farms to choose from that have pre-cut and cut your own trees. Once the tree is safely on the roof of the car, we all go to a local diner to eat.

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Norwegian Lefse Baking

Maria from Literally Simple

Another Christmas tradition we have is making Lefse. Lefse is a Norwegian flat bread typically paired with butter and something sweet like cinnamon and sugar, jam or jelly. My mother is Norwegian and when we are together over the holidays we make it. It is quite the process and can be exhausting by the end, but we listen to Christmas music, drink coffee, laugh and tell stories. My favorite memories are when all my aunts are present as well. In fact, my aunts and my mother will be starting their very own lefse food truck! You can find “Three Sister’s Lefse”  somewhere in Minnesota come the holiday season!

Maria Halcumb is a teacher and mom who spends her days writing, reading, teaching, and any activity outside. She is on a path to consume less, be more, and gain quality. She lives with her husband and two year old daughter in Vancouver, WA. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Polar Express Train Ride

Kim from This Mama Needs Chocolate

Since becoming a mom it’s been fun finding Christmas activities and new traditions for my children. Once my son was born we began taking the Polar Express themed train ride to the North Pole to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves. Each decorated train car has its own entertainer with live and interactive performances, music, and games. Tickets include hot chocolate, a cookie, and a special gift from Santa…a bell. While loud for adults, it is extremely entertaining for kids and a joy to watch the spirit and excitement of Christmas through their eyes.

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Decorating The Christmas Tree

Carrie from The Mommy on the Move

There are so many traditions in our family that are special. Some have stayed the same over the years, while others have changed a bit as our kids grow. One of my favorite traditions, that has remained the same for the last 15 years is decorating the Christmas Tree. We start our tradition off with Smore’s and Hot Chocolate. We used to roast marshmallows in a fire pit in the backyard and now we roast them in our indoor wood-burning stove! Once we have had our smore’s, hot chocolate and listened to some Christmas music, it’s time to decorate.

This is my favorite part of the tradition! I sit at the table and pull the ornaments out one by one. Our ornaments consist of years of hand-made creations from the kids and others that we have received from friends and family. Each has a memory that I get to relive each time I unwrap an ornament. The ornament is then given to the person who made it (or owns it) to put on the tree. When we are done with all the ornaments (and trips down memory lane), my husband puts the angel on top! Decorating the Christmas Tree is truly my favorite Christmas tradition!

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Oranges In Your Stocking…And Scratch Off Lottery Tickets

Kim from This Mama Needs Chocolate

Each year I’m guaranteed to find an orange or tangerine in my stocking. To this day, Santa leaves it at the bottom of my stocking and now my children’s. My mom carried on this tradition of her family. I did research to find that it was once considered a treat and hard to come by to have oranges especially during the Great Depression. Oh and Santa never forgets to leave everyone some lottery tickets (not sure who decided this but it was probably Mrs. Claus since she does a lot of the shopping 😉

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