It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Christmasniks, and at our house, we practically poop holiday spirit.
It’s pretty and smells like peppermint.
Along with the mass flinging of glittered joy and tinsel so ancient it’s probably painted with lead (oops), December represents a time when we can unplug, unwind and generally just enjoy all the chocolate-covered, snow-dusted, gold-foiled, plaid-bowed, wintry wonderful that is Christmastime as a family.
The sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes — all of it brings wonder and excitement, along with traditions old and new.
Ours stem from all kinds of things — childhood customs observed in Chile (putting shoes out for Santa); time-honored Britishisms (tea time after opening presents on Christmas Eve); classic Americana (singing Christmas carols, driving around the neighborhood to see everyone’s lights, covering the tree in our favorite starwhodismarksaltdough* ornaments); things we started doing when we were first married (random acts of kindness, midnight mass); things we started doing after the kids were born (putting out reindeer food, special needs night at Santa’s House, watching a family-friendly Christmas movie countdown of our own making, cutting out paper snowflakes and paper garlands, eating cinnamon rolls and maple sausages on Christmas morning while watching the Disney Parks’ Christmas Day Parade); brand-new things we just started doing this year (serving Chinese food dinner on Christmas Eve, thinking up adventures like candy cane zip-lining and powdered snowball fight adventures for our Elf on the Shelf houseguest); and the cheery, eclectic list goes on.
I love that the traditions, while not necessarily original, are uniquely ours, and observing them is what brings us together as a family during a time of year when it’s so easy to get caught up in chaos of consumerism instead of acknowledging the sense of renewal that comes with the annual quiet and cozy.
Here’s a retrospective of our Christmas traditions old and new throughout the years:
What holiday traditions are unique to your family?
*Star Wars + Disney + Doctor Who + Hallmark + salt dough ornaments. Obviously.
Photo credits: Pilar Clark
Travelhound Pilar wouldn’t mind being at Walt Disney World eating the ears off a Mickey ice cream bar right about now. But, since she can’t be at her “second home” year round, she curates happy thoughts on Disney Social Media Magic, a virtual springboard where breaking news and other Disneyfied thingamabobs are shared. For more mouse-minded geekery, join Pilar on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and personal site, One Mom Media.