Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Traditions

I am quickly getting into the holiday spirit - listening to classic Christmas tunes by Gene Autry, Judy Garland, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby on Pandora; admiring all my neighbor's and Downtown Milwaukee's amazing holiday lights displays; debating whether or not I want to put up a Christmas tree that will automatically be a shameless hussy, gracing my living room with her bare nether-regions exposed (due, of course to my toddler's propensity for throwing any and everything down the laundry chute); excitedly peering out my bedroom window every morning to see if it's snowed yet. It's exciting!

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve the holidays and the great traditions that my parents established for us. The family trip to the Christmas Tree farm (complete with hayride and hot chocolate and sesame sticks in the warming house, of course!) is one tradition I KNOW we are carrying forward for Anna. But I've been thinking a lot lately about what other traditions I'd like to establish for her and our family. So I'm turning to you for ideas!

Send me your favorite holiday traditions. Traditions that you either followed as a kid growing up, or invented when you set out on your own. I want to hear them all!


  1. When my brothers and I were little, we always had a "kids' Nativity set" that we got to put up and not get in trouble for touching :) Norman has the Little People one on his Christmas list so he can do the same!

    He just got an Advent calendar, too, with little board books that double as ornaments. He doesn't quite get it this year, but each book tells a little of the Christmas story, and after we take it out and read it, it goes on a little table-top fake tree.

    We do the tree farm thing, too-- tomorrow!! Can't wait :)

    Love, Gretch

  2. We always had a little Advent calendar that we opened each day. We loved it. There was nothing inside each day...just little pictures.

  3. I spent a Christmas in Thailand a few years back.

    Babies like elephants, right?


  4. I remember having special christmas mugs that were only brough out at christmas time. We would sit around the table after playing in the snow and drink our hot chocolate out of the special mugs. Sounds simple, but I still remember it.

    We also got an ornament every year from our grandma and when it came time to put up the tree it was always fun to put your ornaments up and see them hanging on the tree.