Holiday Traditions You Can’t Live Without

I am sure all of you get to December and you start asking those around you if certain traditions will still be going on this year. It could be the annual neighborhood party, decorating the Christmas tree on December 1st, re-enacting the nativity, or reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve; each of us has certain traditions that we like to keep.

What are your traditions?

Some of my Christmas traditions have morphed as I’ve gotten older. They have been adapted for different situations such as nieces/nephews, living oversea, or celebrating away from home. Here are some of my traditions that I like and want to keep around for years to come.

  1. Baking holiday goodies to take to all of the people who I love (not necessarily caroling; I can’t sing). This year I would like to try this recipe by Creative Home Cooking. 
  2. Having appetizers for dinner on either Christmas Eve or Christmas depending on which day works better for the traditional Christmas dinner. This year I am going to make this recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling. 
  3. Opening one present on Christmas Eve with it usually being new pajamas or a book. If you guys have never order pajamas from Pajamagram, you have been missing out. 
  4. Turning off all of the lights in the house except for the Christmas lights and basking in their peaceful glow. I think this is one of the best things about December. Love this image from The Curious Bumblebee.
  5. Watching at least one sappy holiday Hallmark movie so I can roll my eyes and laugh with my girlfriends about. I mean no disrespect to Hallmark. I actually think it is great that they create movies that everyone can sit down and watch without being worried about something being inappropriate. At the same time, some of the endings make me roll my eyes and laugh out loud. This year I don’t have the Hallmark channel so I am making do with Netflix. I have managed to watch A Christmas Prince and the quota has been met for the year. Enjoy watching it!

Where Do I Go In Search of . . .

It is that time of year again when the whole world goes on a shopping spree. I am like everyone else and I find myself seduced by all the sales, the atmosphere and the genuine desire to let people know how much I love and value them in my life. I am not on a soapbox about the dos and don’ts of holiday buying and giving—I will leave that with each of you to decide but I decided that I would share a couple of ideas on where to go in search of that perfect gift for someone.

  1. Unique Gifts at Uncommon Goods: If you haven’t already spent time on this website, then you have been missing out. I know that I am in need of ones of these.
  2. Local Handmade Gifts at Scoutmob: The best thing about this site is that you can find local artisans and support your community. I love this clock! 
  3. Soft, Organic and Beautifully Made Clothing at Garnet Hill: This website is going to make you want to buy everything. For instance, I really need this. 
  4. Home Décor and Furniture at One Kings Lane: What I love the most about this website is the look books where you can really formulate a design plan for your house.
  5. A Little Something for Everyone in Every Price Range at Target: Yes, I love Target and if you have never spent time on their website you really should. The stores don’t hold half of the stuff they sell and there is always something for everyone on your list. Just so everyone knows, I love these plates!  

Early Christmas Music You Can Get Away With

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone most people aren’t going to look at you weird if you want to listen to Christmas music prior to December 1st. I sit on the fence with Christmas music before December. Some years, I really need the good feelings that Christmas music brings to my heart and I need it sooner rather than later. That means I fluctuate between Black Friday and December 1st as my Christmas music start date. This year . . . I could use some of the music a little earlier but just to make sure I don’t get the rolling of eyes, here are 5 songs that are apart of Christmas albums (or should be) but aren’t necessarily “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

 

 

 

 

What Do the Kids Want?

In honor of my niece whose birthday is today; I have decided to ask all the kids where they would like to go. I posed three questions and only wanted the first thing that came to mind. The questions were:

What is one place that you would love to go?

Who would you take with you?

What is one thing you would want to do while you are there?

  1. Ella states: Hawaii is on the top of her list. She wants to take her parents, her cousin Carson and me (Yea!!) The top thing on her to do list would be to learn how and make a real flower lei. 
  2. Elena says: Disneyland is the place she would most like to go to and she wants to take her mom since she will come with her on all the scary rides. 
  3. Evie knows: Camping is on her list of things to do and she wants to do it with her family. Not that I blame her; I like camping with my family as well. While sitting by the campfire she would love to roast marshmallows. I know some great spots out in the PNW! 
  4. Zeke says: He is all about the fish at the aquarium and to make sure he doesn’t miss one any of them, he will need to bring his big sister Ella along. 
  5. Olivia (communicated telepathically to me since she is just over 1) says: She would like to go anywhere there is a lot of warm water to play in. I am guessing she must mean some place like the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, not that I can blame her. Her parents are a must and she is hoping to spot the Northern Lights while lounging in the warm water. 

Reading through their answers, tells me many things: First, family is important. Second, the things they want to do are a direct reflection of their interests and hobbies. Third, the places they want to go are places that they have been before or places that us adults have been to and told them about. Something to consider when you get ready to plan your next getaway with the kids.