Holiday Traditions: "Twas Night Before Christmas"...

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As we get closer and closer to Christmas and the holiday season, my household is buzzing with activity. The kids are eagerly awaiting Christmas Break, I’m running around to holiday parties around the city, shopping and buying last minute gift items for friends and family.  In the midst of all of this activity, there are few things I do with my family for fun and enjoyment as we get closer to Christmas Morning!

Holiday Baking & Decorating

I remember baking cookies for Santa with my mom when I was a child. My mom kept it sweet and simple; we always made chocolate chip cookies! When I had a family of my own, I decided that we would do the Christmas Cut-out cookies and have an evening filled with decorating and eating!  I thought we’d give them as gifts to teachers and such!  I was so wrong!  I miscalculated our decorating skills and I can tell you I’ve gone through 3-4 cookie and icing recipes! (I’m still looking…LOL!)  In any case, these moments are fun filled and enjoyable for my kids! We have a decorating competition and my parents judge the best decorated gingerbread house and cookies!   It’s a great tradition to do with my children and every year we enjoy getting messy and covered in icing while trying not to eat the gumdrops that should be on the gingerbread houses!  Michaels and Joann’s have awesome houses to decorate and plenty of Wilton baking supplies to create your cookie masterpiece!

William Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate and Kahlua Peppermint Mocha!

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During the holiday season, I’m up late wrapping gifts and hiding them from the curious eyes of excited children.  The weather is chilly and there is nothing better than one of my favorite hot drinks, Kahlua Peppermint Mocha and William Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark hot chocolate. It literally is the perfect combination and tastes like a cup filled of holiday cheer!

Christmas PJ’s

Prior to participating in this tradition, my entire family looked an uncoordinated mess on Christmas morning! There are natural women in the house so Christmas morning pics were filled with satin bonnets, head scarves and mix matched PJ’s!  I thought it would be cool to grab special holiday pajamas for Christmas Eve and enjoy some photos under the tree when we still look casual but put together! (As much as you can first thing in the morning! LOL)  The kids love this tradition and each year, we pick out something different as a family.  They are warm and comfy and sometimes my kids wear them all throughout the winter! It makes a great outfit for a casual family Christmas card too!

The Polar Express

We watch holiday movies all season long but we save our favorite for Christmas Eve, The Polar Express!  We’ve watched this movie every year since 2004 and love it!  We have popcorn and snacks and curl up on the couch for a relaxing movie night.  The Polar express stars, Tom Hanks and tells the story of a boy who wonders if Santa is real. He embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole via the Polar Express train, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas! It's such a great movie with a wonderful message.  It's the perfect movie to watch on Christmas Eve with the family and your loved ones!  

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Christmas Morning Continental Breakfast

My children are older but still get up early on Christmas Morning!   I’m usually exhausted so there is plenty of coffee available in the morning but I have no desire to cook anything! So Christmas Morning we enjoy a continental breakfast complete with pastries, donuts, bagels, fruit, juice and of course…MIMOSAS!!!  On Christmas Eve, I head to my favorite bakery and pick up a few items so everyone can eat in between all of the excitement of Christmas morning! 

 

These are just a few of my favorite and most treasured family traditions that I love to enjoy during the holiday season.  I hope you enjoyed this holiday series and wish you and your family a very blessed holiday season filled with amazing memories!

What are some of your Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning Traditions?

Until next time,

Take care of yourselves and one another!

D. Sanders