This week’s question at the Multiples and More site is all about Holiday Traditions.
What are your family’s holiday traditions?
Our family’s holiday tradition starts the day after Thanksgiving. We pull out the tree and all the ornaments and the lights. Then we go to town! I take down several pictures to hang decorations. We move our couch out of the way to fit our tree in the living room. It’s a day full of holiday music, oohs and ahhs, and having fun as a family.
On December 1st, we start our nightly chocolate advent calanders that I bought at Trader Joes. This year I am trying to tell them a story and sing a song along with the chocolate. But I think the stories I have are just too old for them and they loose intrest quickly. I’m too lazy to find more age appropriate stories to read. I’ll hang on to the ones I have and the kids will grow into them.
On Christmas Eve, we watch A Christmas Story and eat Chinese Food from our favorite take out place. In years past, just Juice and I did this. But I think Butterfly is old enough to enjoy the movie this year so she’ll probably join us. Juice and I stay up way too late getting the presents out. We take pictures of the tree, the presents and the full stockings. We then drop the stockings off in the kids’ room to keep them occupied for a bit so we can get maybe another half hour of sleep in the morning.
On Christmas day, we let the kids play with their presents from Santa for awhile. This usually keeps them occupied for a long time. We typically call my parents and set the webcam up so they can watch the kids open presents too. That takes awhile too. The setting up and the opening of presents.
Once we are done with that, we have breakfast of cinnamon rolls, bacon and eggs. We open more presents, and then have a little lunch of crackers, small sausages and oranges. The boys go down for their nap and we spend the afternoon watching new movies and playing new games.
When they wake up, we typically still have some kind of presents to open and dinner to have! We have a ham and baked potatoes and rolls. Sometime in the evening we call Juice’s family where ever they have gathered together (where is that going to be this year?) and then we call my Nana at her house.
The kids get put to bed late and full of candy. Juice and I collapse exhausted on the couch and vow we will pick up the next day.
Other traditions we do around the holiday season:
- A trip to Mt. Vernon. We like to see the estate all done up for Christmas. I like to tour the house and see the 3rd floor which they only open during the holidays.
- The Great Toy Clean Up. We purge toys that no one is playing with and banish them to the attic. The idea is that in 6 months they will come back and the kids will have fresh toys to play with again. But it never happens.
- Little People Nativity Scene.
- New ornaments for the tree.
- Candy making and sharing with friends.
- Cinnamon roll making and freezing and sharing with friends.
- Christmas cards.
Whew…we are busy duing Christmas! I love it!