We stayed home this Christmas, but took the week off from work. Since it was our first holiday season in our new home, we could make new traditions which, years from now, could take on some sort of hallowed status for our children. This is serious power, if you think about it. We tried several things which could evolve into traditions:
- baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. My husband spearheaded this one, using two sticks of “special ingredient” (butter). Yum.
- buying a Christmas tree from the local fire department. It’s quite an outing to get a Christmas tree and see fire trucks at the same time!
- going to the Camden Aquarium on Christmas Eve (includes a visit to Santa)
- going to the 4:30 children’s service at church…and barely making it through to Silent Night (the last hymn)
- having pigs in the blanket for Christmas Eve dinner
- enjoying mugs of hot chocolate spiked with marshmallow vodka (yes, there is such a thing)
- leaving several of the kids’ presents for Dec 26 because we just got overwhelmed
- pulling out my keyboard and singing Christmas carols with my extended family when they visited
On the other hand, a few things didn’t work out so well. We tried to do Advent calendars, but the kids opened all the doors prematurely. They’ll probably get better at this over the years, but success on this front seems a bit in the future. What new things from this year do you think you’ll keep as holiday traditions?
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