Everyone has their own take on how the holidays “should” be done. I love hearing about how other people do things around the holidays, so I thought I’d share how we “do” Christmas.
Some of these are probably nothing all that unique, but it’s what we do and I love it!
1 // Make our first batch of Christmas cookies the day we set up the tree.
2 // Set up the tree Thanksgiving weekend, or at least by the first of December. This year I didn’t get the motivation to do it until December.
3 // Must make these specific cookies: frosted cut out sugar cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Pudding cookies, and peanut butter blossoms. All my faves!
4 // I have a special set of ornaments that I’ve collected/been given since childhood called Mary’s Angels. They’re by Hallmark and still make them to this day. I have about 20 or so. They are little angels on clouds with wings.
When I was a kid, I used to arrange them as a nativity scene on the tree. I have one that even is holding a star out, so it was perfect. I sometimes still do this (but skipped it this year because I don’t want C to break any!).
5 // Make aebleskiver on Christmas morning. I’ve done this with my family since I can remember. Aebleskiver is Danish pancakes. You can get the pan and mix for it at William’s Sonoma. They taste like pancakes but are made into balls with this special pan and served with raspberry jam and powdered sugar on top.
It’s just not Christmas to me unless we make these!
6 // Always open stockings first on Christmas morning. As a kid, we were allowed to dump these and open them while my parents made coffee.
On the mention of stockings, I also totally believe in having your own stocking that you use year after year. My husband said his family had a random collection of stockings and he just picked one every year and I was like, uh NO, you need your own! We still don’t have an actual stocking for Claire, but once my second daughter comes, I’m getting them some cute ones with their names embroidered on them that they can use throughout childhood and beyond, if they want.
7 // A Christmas book advent calendar. This is still in the works for my kiddos, but I am so excited about this for when they are just a little older.
I’ve started a collection of Christmas books (because if there’s any seasonal books to get, Christmas ones are the best!). The plan is to have 24 books, wrap them all, write a number on them, and put them under the tree. Each night starting December 1st, we open one book and read it by the Christmas tree.
C is a little too young for this now and we don’t have 24 books yet, but I’m hoping by next year we can officially start this.
8 // Opening one small present on Christmas Eve. This is what I did as a kid with my family. I know some families do new PJs every year on Christmas Eve. I like this idea too. We may not do it with Claire this year since I’m worried it’ll make her think we’re opening all the presents right then, but we’ll see!
Questions for You:
- What are your Christmas traditions? Do we have any of the same ones?
- What are you most looking forward to about this particular holiday season?