It’s been a little while since I last wrote a blog post. With Christmas right around the corner and keeping up with a one-year-old things have been pretty hectic around here! So I thought instead of “resting” while Reagan naps, I would jump on here and share our Christmas traditions with you!
I don’t know about you but I haven’t felt as prepared for Christmas as I usually am. With having our stuff in storage and not decorating the house with our “normal” Christmas decor, it’s got me all out of whack. BUT that doesn’t mean we haven’t been listening to Christmas music since the day after Halloween-ha!
My parents were generous and loaned us a Christmas tree that we put up in the apartment. Our only decor on the tree–colorful lights and our stockings. I wasn’t going to spend the money decorating the tree with pretty ornaments and ribbon- plus, lets be real, Reagan would probably knock down or take all the ornaments off. And I have to say–Im really enjoying the simplicity of it all 🙂
Christmas Eve- Growing up we had the same traditions for Christmas Eve. Baking during the day, dressing up for church at night, dinner, then home to open a gift. Now that Brandon and I have our own little family, Christmas Eve may look a little different year after year. Depending on what family were seeing and where we are at. But-no matter where we are, I want to carry the same tradition I had growing up + make our own once Reagan gets a little older and can understand things better. This year, with Christmas Eve falling on Sunday, we are going to our church in the morning, baking in the afternoon and at night, my whole family will be attending my cousins church in the evening. Once we get home- the tradition part that I’m continuing is, opening up a Christmas ornament that represents Reagan’s year, a Christmas book and something new I’m adding this year, are Christmas mugs for the morning. The purpose with the ornaments and book is for when Reagan lives on her own, she can take all her ornaments and use them to decorate her own tree. My parents did this for me and I absolutely loved it! And the books, she can pass down or read to her kids some day. I make sure to put the year inside the cover.
Christmas Morning- We are all SO excited this year to watch Rea open all her gifts. She probably won’t necessarily care what she got– but watching her unwrap the presents will be entertaining! This year, we will wake up and have our own little Christmas just the three of us- well the five of us if you count the pups 🙂 then head over to my parents house and exchange gifts there. Around 9:30 we head to my grandparents house for breakfast and another around of gift exchanges. By noon, we head our separate ways and prepare any meals for the evening dinner. At night the whole family goes to my parents house to eat dinner, celebrate Christmas and sing Happy Birthday to my Grandad.
These traditions may not sound like a lot, but to me they are everything! I love the routine of it all and Im SOO looking forward to building in new traditions when Reagan gets a little older and really understands what Christmas is all about!
I hope you all have a wonderful + safe holiday!!!