Now that we have a baby, the holidays feel a lot more magical and I know it’s only going to get better! Even though Noah will only be five months this Christmas we want to start holiday traditions now that he will begin looking forward to each year. There’s always a lot of anticipation about gift giving (and receiving!) for Christmas but ultimately we want Noah to remember the magic of the season and the memories we create as a family year after year. I thought it would be fun to share some of our holiday traditions with you & to hear what yours are too!
our holiday traditions
decorate while listening to Christmas music
I’m team decorate-before-Thanksgiving because I like to enjoy the decorations for as long as I can! Every year when we begin decorating we put on a Christmas playlist full of classic songs to listen to. I sing (not well) along & it really does make decorating feel magical.
new ornament each year
Growing up we got to pick out a new ornament for our tree each year. My brother and I always got so excited to choose a new ornament and years later we love to look at them and laugh at the ones we picked out. Nick and I have continued this tradition for the past five years. This year it’s even more special because we added a few sentimental ornaments for Noah on the tree. I ordered this ornament with all of his birth stats, made an ornament with the hat & bracelet he wore in the hospital & made clay imprints of his hand and foot! I’m so excited to carry on this tradition with Noah in the years to come.
matching family pajamas
This year we started the tradition of matching family pajamas! We purchased our family PJs from Hanna Andersson this year and they’re so comfortable and festive! I like that the brand has the same classic styles year after year so you can continue the tradition in the same print as they grow or add another baby to the fam! It took some convincing to get Nick to agree to wear them too, but I know it’ll be something we love looking back on over the years.
baking Christmas cookies
A few years ago we got Nick’s grandmother’s recipe for sugar cookies and made an evening of baking and decorating cookies. We had the best time and it really got us into the Christmas spirit, so it’s a tradition we have continued every year since. Last year we made Rudolph Peanut Butter cookies and this year we made Gingerbread Cookies!
have a christmas movie night, complete with hot chocolate
Each year we write out a list of Christmas movies we want to watch. At least one night during the holiday season we cuddle up with blankets and homemade hot chocolate and watch a few Christmas movies! A few of our favorite movies to watch is Klaus, A Christmas Carol, The Holiday and Miracle on 34th Street.
watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve
It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite classic Christmas movies. Each year on Christmas Eve we cuddle up on the couch and watch it with just the Christmas Tree lights on. It’s a great movie with a sweet message.
go see Christmas lights
There are so many neighborhoods in our area that go all out with Christmas lights, so we love taking a drive to see them each year. The sunset hills neighborhood does balls in their trees and it’s gotten bigger each year. It’s really magical to see!