When the shopping is done and the gifts are wrapped, what does your family do that makes the Christmas season so special? I asked some of our friends to share their meaningful and memorable traditions with you. Feel free to adopt any of these as your own, and if you have any to share with us we would love to hear from you.
For me, preparing for Christmas would not be complete without making my mother’s favorite Anisette cookies. Making dozens of these cookies each year reminds me of the wonderful times my sisters and I had when we were younger helping to make the cookies and of course sample them right out of the oven.
Briana shared a very sweet idea - she has decided to make each of her children a handmade ornament to open on Christmas Eve each year... ones that they will have when they get married. She remembers the first few years that she was married and her tree always felt so "generic". Now her children will have some ornaments that actually have some meaning to them to hang on their tree.
From Kristin – “For the last couple of years on Christmas Eve we have decorated cookies for Santa Claus. My kids love to decorate the sugar cookies, and love to eat them, so they typically don't last very long in our house once they are made. We turned it into a Christmas Eve family event. The little kids really enjoy being part of the cookie decorating, and then they each pick out their favorite one to leave for Santa.”
In Christine’s family, her dh makes an apple pie from scratch! This is a “Happy Birthday Jesus” pie complete with a birthday candle, and is eaten by the family following the opening of presents. “Letters from Father Christmas” by J.R.R. Tolkien is read by dh and is something that the children look forward to each year.
For those of you who are familiar with Pinterest, Christine shared an image of a “memory” ornament. Here is the link for you to see this wonderful idea for yourself.
Valerie’s family has several wonderful traditions that she shared:
- We go as a family to purchase items for a family that is less fortunate than we are.
- One evening we drive around drinking Spiced Apple Cider while looking at Christmas lights.
- We read parts of the birth of Jesus all week long just before bedtime.
- On Christmas Eve we eat snack food for dinner and listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas programs.
Our friend Jo from “down under” shared this tradition with us – “Every year my mum makes a batch of rum truffles and makes sure I get some as part of my present. We don’t have them at any other time of the year, and with 2 littles of my own there is no way I have time to make a batch myself even though I have the recipe. If I’m at Mum’s for Christmas Day then I also get to enjoy her homemade Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, custard and cream.” Yummy Jo, send us some of those truffles!!!
Before you know it, the holidays will be over, but the memories of the traditions that have become unique and special to your family will last for days and weeks to come.
Merry Christmas to all from your friends at Babyville Boutique!