I may not be good at a lot of things…but I feel rather confident in this category ;). Too bad I couldn’t have majored in Christmas in college. I would have owned that subject. #goals
So, I know you probably all know my traditions and recipes by now…but if you’re new or if you have forgotten or if you need a reminder or if you just want to read my post today…here you go. By the way, thank you for the love and prayers for sweet Ashby yesterday. We’re going to spend today recovering at home and then tonight, we have something extra special and Christmas-y planned. She is pumped!
Here we go…
We kick off each season with a decorated house for the holidays…
To see my Christmas Home Tour post, click HERE.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, our town square hosts their Home for the Holidays event and it’s always one of our favorite events of the year (and especially one of our favorite Christmas traditions!). We love to go to our town square!
Every year, I host an annual recipe exchange and it is SO MUCH FUN! Now, I do this with a group of girlfriends, but you could do it with your coworkers, neighbors, family, etc. To see how I do it, click HERE.
Jammy Cocoa Christmas is a must for us each year! To see pics from our time this year, click HERE. It’s a catchy little name that you’ll hear yourself saying every year as you pile in the car to look at lights :).
A few years ago, I documented our Elf on the Shelf every day for about a month. If you need ideas for your elf, you can see that post HERE. That darn elf is a tradition in our house every year.
Every week, attending church is important to us…but during the holiday season, it’s just extra special. We always attend our Deck the Halls service at church and this year, sweet Ebby Lee and Kensington sang in it. Attending church, having a daily quiet time and really stopping to remember the real reason we celebrate is THE MOST IMPORTANT tradition your family could have.
During the holiday season, we find any excuse to go down to our town square and just walk around and see the lights, the decor and feel the spirit in the air. It doesn’t take much to give us Christmas cheer!
Every year, our town hosts an annual light parade and WE LOVE IT!!
We also love going to visit the big tree down at the Dallas Galleria :).
And sitting in Santa’s lap too!
This year, we had our 7th annual carriage ride on our square. This is something my kiddos talk about all year long and I’m hoping they’re memories that last a lifetime.
And a few years ago, we started a “framily night” tradition with the Slaughter family every Christmas. There are always a ton of laughs…and children.
We love to get cozy and watch Christmas movies every year. I feel like we watch them all. Twice. We cannot get enough! To see my faves, click HERE.
And of course, we’re in the kitchen…
…my family is in the kitchen none stop during the holiday season. To see my favorite Christmas treats…all simple, seasonal, delicious and festive, click HERE. We love making recipes together every day…but especially the days leading up to Christmas.
Now, we also do a lot during the holiday season that isn’t something we would ever post on social media. We want our kiddos to see and understand the real meaning of Christmas and that so many people are not as fortunate this time of year. Ideas our family loves and yours might too includes: supporting an Angel Tree kiddo, making shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, visiting retirement homes, making cards for troops over seas, donating canned goods and time to the food pantry, donating items to a thrift store and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. These are private things that I know so many of you also do with your kiddos too. I know it’s always special to see kids serving others.
Whew! That wraps up today’s Show & Tell Tuesday!
And if you missed posts from the past, you can see all of 2015’s Show & Tell Tuesdays HERE and so far this year:
Don’t forget, tomorrow is WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY!!