I have always LOVED the holiday season, but honestly who doesn’t? I love the idea of Holiday Traditions, being with family and spending time with our loved ones. Doing lots of shopping and giving/receiving the best gifts. Many of you know my birthday is on Christmas Day, probably another reason I love this time of year. However, when I was 16 the Holiday’s changed for me. My dad passed away suddenly early on Christmas morning and it hasn’t ever been the same. It took several years to even feel normal and like it was OK to celebrate. I always notice other happy family’s and hate that our family isn’t that way anymore. I think this is what I struggle with the most every year. But, since having Aria and Amelia, I have rediscovered my joy and love for the holidays.
What I love most is seeing their excitement, more so Aria since she’s older and understands more about what’s going on. I mean, everyday since we put up the Christmas tree Aria says how excited she is for Christmas and Santa and the cookie baking. I love introducing them to our family traditions and finding new ones of our own.
Our Holiday Traditions
- New Christmas pajamas. Every Thanksgiving Day my mom gets the kids their Christmas jammies. It’s our kick-off to the holidays and the countdown begins in our house.
- Putting up our tree and decorating it together while blasting Christmas music. We use to always do this on Thanksgiving Day, however I have moved it up because we go out of town for the holidays and I want to enjoy it.
- Elf on the Shelf began last year. This was the most fun. I’m so glad we added this to our traditions. I love seeing them look for whatever silly place Glitter is every morning.
- Gingerbread house decorating. I haven’t always been a huge fan of this (I think it’s because mine never turn out cute, HaHa), but Aria loves it. This year Amelia is old enough to actually do her own, so I’m excited to see how she likes doing this.
- Making and decorating sugar cookies. Does everyone else do this? We do this with my mom and sister and my nephew. It’s a little messy, but so fun. Seeing the pure joy in the kids’ faces as they squeeze out the icing, shake sprinkles everywhere and then stiffing their faces.
- Visiting Christmas lights displays. We found a couple of fun places here in CA. Theirs Widmer World, The Oakland Zoo, and Mountain View Cemetery (sounds odd, buts it’s really pretty). In Kansas City we LOVE Christmas in the Park.
We always head to Kansas City for the holidays and spend a few weeks there to spend it with our families. This is both stressful and challenging. Trying to plan good Christmas gifts for the girls is hard. It can’t be too big, because we have to travel, nor do I want to be boring and just give them clothes. I tend to find functional things. Last year they got the cutest pink and glitter gold polka dot suitcases. I also got these back packs, but gave them early because they’ll be needed for traveling.
Here is my Kids Gift Guide. So many great things out right now too. If you have any great suggestions for gifts to give while traveling please comment below! I always need great suggestions!
Be sure to check out my other gift guides here.
Kids Gift Guide
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