what are some of the traditions you and your family do over the holidays?
i made a little list of a few of our favorites! and i’d love to hear some of yours, it’s always fun to try new ones out…
— josh and i love reading david sedarias’ holidays on ice together. he was one of the things we really bonded over when we were dating and it’s fun to pull out his christmas book each year. the audio recording of him reading his own essays in this book are particularly amazing. it’d be a fun one to listen to while decorating for the holidays or driving to a christmas party if you have a car.
— it has become christmas tradition since our first year of marriage for josh to make a triple batch of his famous ginger cookies each year on christmas eve and i love the way it makes our apartment smell. since we make so many, we like to deliver them to friends together on christmas eve and the days around christmas.
— we’ve also enjoyed hosting a pie night over the years around the holidays with friends. we’re actually hosting one this weekend! it’s always fun to have everyone bring their favorite homemade pie and josh loves giving out awards at the end of the evening which is always a riot to watch. but you could do it as just a dessert night, or a cookie exchange, or even an ugly sweater christmas party! options are endless. always fun to get together though with friends over good food during the holiday season.
— we’ve been doing the whole matching family christmas jammies thing for so many years now! fun to pull them out when you’re decorating the christmas tree, or on christmas eve at the very least! josh’s somehow always end up in the good will pile and i never know why he doesn’t wanna hold onto them. ;) this is a fun video of our family so many years ago (when i had platinum blonde hair, oh my!) in our christmas jammies. :)
— we have started watching some christmas movies with the kids over thanksgiving weekend to get into the christmas spirit. we did elf, how the grinch stole christmas, and home alone again this year (we introduced it to them last year and they cried from laughing so hard) and we’ve been watching bits of home alone 2 before bed every couple of nights lately (we’re almost done with it!). josh even found that old stop-motion rudolph the red-nosed reindeer movie from the 60s along with a few other christmas classics, frosty the snowman, santa claus is comin’ to town, and the little drummer boy. they’ve really liked these older classic movies too!
— music is such a great part of the holiday season and we have love learning new christmas songs together. samson just learned how to play jingle bells on the piano and i’m so proud of him! we sing christmas songs around the piano often, and i always like having christmas music playing somewhere in the apartment (have you listened to leslie odom jr.’s christmas album yet? it’s a good one.) and since we do a faux christmas tree in our apartment, i have several pine needle smelling candles that i often have going, in addition to having mini marshmallows fully stocked in our kitchen so we can make hot chocolate at any moment!
— we love finding a way to serve together with our children over the holidays. we’re actually going to the new york food bank this weekend to serve along side many of you (thank you to everyone who signed up!) i can’t wait to serve with you guys!!! if you can’t find a service project that allows your children to contribute in your area (it’s actually always harder than we think to find something children can participate in), we always like supporting a good cause and on christmas day, we have our children pick out animals from the heifer international catalog to donate (they can give things like sheep or chickens or bees or pigs or bunnies to a family in need so they can help themselves and their community with the animals) and it’s a great way to get kids involved in a good cause. something we have really enjoyed doing with our children each christmas morning.
just a few of our favorite christmas traditions! would love to hear some of yours in the comments below! always fun to try out new ones over the years. merry christmas!