Many of us are already in Christmas mode with decorating, shopping for gifts, and preparing for festivities.
There are also traditions that are kept year after year; generation after generation, and I started thinking…our family doesn’t have any traditions.
We don’t have traditional holiday meals or engage in the same holiday activities every year. Also, our family has grown and changed so much that we don’t spend the holidays with the same group we used to anymore.
But all these thoughts did not make me feel sad. On the contrary, it warms my heart to think back on all the wonderful and fun things we have taken part of and where our family is now because of it.
As a result of not having traditions, we are open to explore and experiment with new things every holiday season.
The lovely Steph from Scale Simple tagged me for the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge and as I started thinking of Day 1 (Favorite Christmas Things) and Day 2 (Favorite Christmas Tradition) I figured I would combine the two and compile a list of the favorite things my family has taken part in during the holidays.
Favorite Times of Christmas Past
Making a gingerbread house: We did not make it from scratch and instead purchased a kit from Big Lots, but it was still a lot of fun! You may also find various kits on Amazon, but they are a bit pricier.
Here is a really cute one:
Road Trips for Christmas Time: We live in Miami, Florida and although many places deck out with Christmas décor we do not experience cold, crisp weather during the holidays that often, much less a white Christmas. LOL
We have not experienced a white Christmas yet, but we have gone to Disney World and to North Carolina during Christmas time and it was so beautiful to experience a change in weather and scenery.
Christmas time in Charlotte, North Carolina:
BTW, the photographer was my hubby 😉 He was my boyfriend at the time.
Baking Christmas cookies with grandma: We had a streak of a few years when we got together with grandma to make all types of cookies to display during our Christmas gathering and although the tradition has fizzled away, I still have warm memories about it 🙂
Food experimenting: Because we don’t have any traditional foods for the holidays we are constantly trying new recipes and we enjoy being creative.
Here are some of the things I made last Christmas:
Joining families: My most favorite part of Christmas is not the presents, the food, and the decorations, but it is the joining of my family with my husband’s family.
My husband and I dated for 7 years before we got married and for most of that time we split the holidays between our families. Being from a divorced family, it was challenging and a bit stressful to find time to spend with his family, my mom, and then my dad, all on separate occasions.
As we got closer to marriage, we both decided to encourage all the families to come together.
Now that we have a home together it has become the central location for celebrations and we are able to bring all the families together in one place.
Whether there are traditions or not, or gatherings that are big or small, as we come to the end of another year we can look back and recall the joyous memories or make an effort to create some.
What are some of your Christmas favorites? Feel free to take part on the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge and remember to link back to Scale Simple 🙂
Much Love and Happy Holidays,