Tuesday, November 15, 2011

new Christmas traditions

Gentle Readers, I would love to hear about Christmas traditions you began with your children. I have a few ideas, but would love to hear more.

Also, does anyone have a favorite line of Christmas tree ornaments, preferably something that would be appropriate for children? Maybe something on Etsy? I'd love to give Mason an ornament of his own each Christmas and build his collection over the years.

9 comments:

Alice said...

My mom buys the new Charlie Brown ornament from Hallmark every year. I love it! Especially since I'm so attached to the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.

Amy said...

I started ornaments for Maevy, but don't buy a specific line. I like picking something the reflects something that happened that previous year. Last year she got a sheep ornament because she was a sheep for Halloween. We always make white chocolate pretzels, have an advent calendar, and try to light our advent wreath at dinner.

Danelle said...

Well since you're not in Atlanta, I suppose you can't make a ride on the Pink Pig at Lenox your new tradition! My mother in law had a tradition with her children that we started with our Callie on her first Christmas 2 years ago. Each year on Christmas morning before the kids went to the tree, she would have them sit on the steps & take their picture. I think the tree was usually within view of the steps, so the picture always captured their excitement & anticipation of getting to dive into their presents. Just over her two Christmasas, it's been fun to see her growth. The first time we had to help her sit up on the stairs, and in last year's picture, she was trying to climb back UP the stairs! Christmas with a little baby is so fun & special.

Amy Hill said...

Coleman's family tradition involves waking up to try to catch Santa on Christmas morning. "Santa" wakes us up by ringing his bells (we take turns playing Santa) and the rest of us and kids all jump out of bed and run to try to catch a glimpse of Santa. Santa has started a fire, lit some candles, put the tree lights on and eaten his goodies, leaving a wonderful scene to wake up to. This all happens at a ridiculously early hour (before the kids wake up on their own).

We also get the kids an ornament every year, but don't go with a certain line. We like to get different ones that reflect a trip we made that year (a boat ornament from our trip to Maine)or something that reminds us of the year in some way (a ballerina bear after a year of ballet classes, etc.)

We do an advent calendar, too (actually two - a wooden one we keep out and a computer one through Jacquie Lawson that has beautiful scenes and music that the kids LOVE).

My nephews make their own gingerbread and houses every year. I keep wanting to do that and haven't yet (may have something to do with one of my daughter's birthdays occuring 5 days before Christmas which takes a lot of energy during a crazy time already).

Oh, and Christmas eve we always have daddy read The Night Before Christmas to the kids. I bought Coleman a special hardcover copy for our first Christmas as parents which I inscribed and we use that one each year. The kids all sit on his lap and I furiously take pictures of them all in their Christmas jammies (which is the only present they get to open on Christmas eve).

No matter what, Christmas with children is amazing - it brings with it all the magic we remember from our own childhoods.

emmy said...

We start traditions on black Friday. We put the tree up. The first Saturday of December we go the the Christmas parade in town, the to the Bethlehem walk that a local church puts on. We go to the Christmas Eve service at my church followed by going over to my friends house for treats afterward. Then we attend the midnight mass at the local Catholic church or I will watch the televised one that the Pope officiates. Then we sleep late, open stockings and have Gingerbread pancakes with cranberry chutney and bacon for breakfast. After we eat we open presents and cook dinner, usually ham.

For the ornaments, I used to have the kids plan and make an ornament. They loved it.

The pink pig didn't even excite me as a child, but it is an Atlanta tradition.

emmy said...

We start traditions on black Friday. We put the tree up. The first Saturday of December we go the the Christmas parade in town, the to the Bethlehem walk that a local church puts on. We go to the Christmas Eve service at my church followed by going over to my friends house for treats afterward. Then we attend the midnight mass at the local Catholic church or I will watch the televised one that the Pope officiates. Then we sleep late, open stockings and have Gingerbread pancakes with cranberry chutney and bacon for breakfast. After we eat we open presents and cook dinner, usually ham.

For the ornaments, I used to have the kids plan and make an ornament. They loved it.

The pink pig didn't even excite me as a child, but it is an Atlanta tradition.

Momma Fid said...

This sounds ghetto but my kids love it. On Christmas Eve was decorate a gingerbread house. Then we order pizza and they are allowed to eat it in the living room while watching a Christmas movie (they are never allowed to eat in the living room). They are also allowed to drink kids' champagne (sparkling grape juice). We then sprinkle the lawn with reindeer food (shredded wheat, raisins, carrots and glitter) After the kids go to bed, the adults drink Bailey's and watch It's a Wonderful Life. It really is my favorite night of the year.

@rdweatherly said...

Christmas necessities:
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's never too early to start!
2. Go see the national Christmas tree.
3. Spent at least one evening in front of the Christmas tree watching the Yule Log channel on cable. Hot chocolate helps this.

Send thank You Flowers By Post said...

I love the idea of buying a new ornament every year. I saw a blog recently where a girl had been bought one every year since birth by her mother and her mum had written on each one the year it was bought. She had now moved out and her christmas tree was full of over 20years worth of christmas memories. It was lovely :D