I am super excited for the Holidays this year, much more than in the past. It’s because I am now a mother and am excited to share the Holiday Spirit with my little guy. I am excited to create family traditions with my husband and child, and future children to come (yes, we are already talking about when #2 will come along!) I have been planning for months now and here are some traditions we have decided to start….. 25 Days of Christmas– We are generally very health conscious and do not consume a lot of junk food in our house. My son eats food that we have prepared ourselves and so do we. The thought of purchasing chocolate advent calendars that are quickly eaten and not that great quality of chocolate is not very exciting to me. Let me be clear that we would not give our 6 month old chocolate at this age either! The Holidays are not about food, yes I know there is generally food in abundance at family gatherings, but I want to create memories. Family memories. Thanks to Andrea at a Peek Inside the Fishbowl we will be starting a new type of advent calendar. One that will be created around family bonding and creating memories together. Check out Andrea’s 25 days of Christmas post. We have some great things planned including visiting museums, parks, swimming, baking and much more! Christmas Decorating– In the past a decorative vase with a few sticks, lights and nice ornaments was my idea of tree decorating. I have also been known to make a few wreaths in the past for Christmas gifts but that’s about the extent of my holiday decorating. Not this year! The garland is already put on the banister, the lights are going up next. The outside of the house has the lights ready to go (thanks to my lovely husband!) and we already know that our tree will be decorated blue and silver. It will be a real tree because as a country girl I love the smell of real trees. The tree will be minimalist this year and we will continue to add more decorations as the year goes on. I will also be hitting up the after Christmas sales!
Family Time is a priority this Christmas and I will be making sure to take time out of our busy schedule for my husband and babe to spend time alone throughout the Holidays. We will be visiting family and have family and friends visiting us for a few weeks. It’s important that my family gets some down time together, to keep us grounded and connected. I have already schedule this into my planner and phone and have set reminders. That way I cannot commit to something else in its place. How do you fit in down time for your family throughout the sometimes chaos of the holidays?
I would love to hear some of your family traditions! What have you done in the past and what are you maybe starting new this year?