This is the letter “T” post in The ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays. It was written by Stephanie from The Multi Taskin' Mom.
Christmas brings so many thoughts to my mind. Memories I cherish and plans that I hope to carry out. The things that stand out the most are the traditions that my family has carried on throughout the years.
Traditions are important because they give you a sense of belonging. Knowing what is coming is comforting. I would like to share a few of my families traditions with you.
- Christmas Cookies – I grew up making Christmas Cookies with my grandmother each year. It was so much fun. She passed before getting to share this with my children, so it is how I honor her memory each year.
- Christmas Candy – My mother-in-law always buy ingredients for fudge and various other candies and sends it to me to prepare. I have done this for as long as I have been married. It is one of mine and the kiddos favorite things to do.
- Christmas Ornaments – We make some sort of ornament each year. One year we made salt dough ornaments. One year we bought some Ceramic Holiday Ornaments and painted them. We always have fun with it and enjoy handing them out to our family.
- Decorating the Tree – Each year we buy our children a new ornament that means something personal to them for the year. They get to put their ornaments on the tree for the current year and the years past; picking the branches and spots themselves.
- We chose one night a year to make a big trip around town looking at Christmas lights. I love the lights so much that when we are out at night I usually find an excuse to drive around a bit so we can see as many lit up houses as possible.
- On Christmas Eve my children open their gifts from each other. It is usually something small they can play with while watching a Christmas movie before heading to bed.
- Twas the Night Before Christmas is a story that we read right before bed.
- After Twas the Night Before Christmas we read the real Christmas Story. We discuss why it is important for our family to celebrate Christmas.
Those are just a few traditions that we keep up each year. Do you have traditions? If not, let me urge you to start some.