Christmas Traditions

I love this time of year, and I am so excited that Holly and Amy are having this link up! The holidays are always kind of weird for my family because my parents got divorced when I was really little. I never knew any different, but the holidays can be a little tricky when there are 2 celebrations of everything. Now, I absolutely love having 2 of everything because it means that the celebration lasts twice as long!

Here are my favorite holiday traditions:


Decorating the tree with my mom and sister. My mom has this little ornament that is half a nut shell with a miniature sleeping mouse in it. It's so cute, but my sister and I always fought about who got to put it on the tree. While I don't help mom decorate the tree every year anymore, I do love getting to see it with all of the ornaments. It represents so many wonderful memories that have been accumulated over the years.


Watching A Christmas Story with my dad.

Seeing the Magic Tree in Columbia, MO. No joke, the man who started the Magic Tree is named Will Treelighter. Coincidence? I think not!


Exchanging ornaments with Kyra. Each year we have been together, we have gotten each other an ornament. Two years ago, I got him a golf-themed ornament, and he got me a Twilight one because it was the first movie we saw together. And, last year, I got him an origami crane made of sheet music, and he got me two doves, or love birds as he called them. These ornaments are so special and will be kept for years to come.


Watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve.


Getting stockings from my dad. Seriously, these are the best stockings ever! They are giant, over-sized ones and completely full of fun goodies!


Mr. & Mrs. Snowman. My paternal grandmother had these out every year, and I always loved them. When she passed away, I was fortunate enough to inherit them, and now they are a staple in my Christmas decor.


And my most very favorite Christmas tradition is a new one that started when my niece as born. Every year, we spend the day at my sister's in our PJs. We open gifts, nap, eat, drink, play games, and enjoy each other's company. Being with my family is my happy place, and there's so much love we share when we are together. It's the best!

Those are my favorite traditions. What are yours? I am always looking for new/more ways to add a little cheer to the holiday season!


  1. ... fun post. I hadn't planned on participating in the link up, but I saw your post and was inspired :)

    That tree is gorgeous!

    My brother-in-law hosts an annual "Leg Lamp Lighting" party ... they have a leg lamp ala Christmas Story. Alas, my kids haven't seen the show, I am slacking as a mom!

  2. The staying in your pajamas all day tradition is the best one yet. :)

  3. I love the PJ tradition too! That's all I want to do for Christmas. :)

  4. Yay! I can't wait for Christmas! Lila put the mouse on this time, but I will fight her for it next year ;)


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