Justin and I are so excited to be creating family holiday traditions as parents. We have our family traditions that we have been doing since we started dating; Christmas morning breakfast with his parents. But as far as ourselves and our growing little family, we don’t have any holiday traditions yet. Since last year Mason was just a few months old. So this year, we are starting to create our family holiday traditions!
First Family Holiday Tradition: Matching Christmas Jammies. I’ve seen other families do this tradition and I’ve always wanted to have that for ourselves. But, when it was just Justin and I and the pups we didn’t really feel the need. Now that Mason is 15 months old, we’re starting this family tradition! I’m already seeing the twinkle in his eye around anything holiday so it only seems appropriate.
Second Family Holiday Tradition: Christmas Card Photoshoot. This might not necessarily be considered a holiday tradition, but I want to make sure that every year we send out holiday cards. I love receiving holiday cards from our friends and family. They all go on our fridge and I feel the love every time I walk by it! This year, as I mentioned in a previous post, we’re running a bit behind with our photoshoot and cards so I’m doing e-cards this year.
Third Family Holiday Tradition: Watching Christmas Movies. Mason already knows how to control all our remotes, especially our firestick! (PS this would make for an amazing gift if you don’t already have one) I make sure he’s in the kids area of Netflix but then I let him go to town on selecting what he wants to watch. He’s already put on so many holiday movies and I just LOVE watching them with him!
Fourth Family Holiday Tradition: Making Neighbor Gifts. I’ve got a post coming up all about neighbor gift ideas because I just love the idea of gifting something special to your neighbors. Our neighborhood is small and we all watch out for each other. It feels like a community and it’s one that I want to continue to develop and grow. We also have a number of little kids on our street, close to Mason’s age, so I really want to build those relationships!
Fifth Family Holiday Tradition: Holiday Lights. As a child I absolutely loved to drive through the neighborhoods and check out the holiday lights and decorations on peoples houses. This is something I definitely want to do with Mason. Also, over the hill in Los Gatos there is a holiday light display drive that you can do. I’ve always wanted to take the drive on my commute home from work one evening (back when I worked over the hill) but now that it’s getting dark early enough one evening I want to go with the whole family.
Sixth Family Holiday Tradition: Give Back. It is so important especially around the holidays to give back however you can. I find it feels so good to know that you’ve made the holidays a little brighter for those a little less fortunate. Here are just a few ways to give back: Donate gently used clothing, shoes, and/or small household items in good condition to the Goodwill, prepare a meal for the homeless, adopt a family, or if you can’t afford a whole family you can fulfill a gift wish or go in on a family with someone else.
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