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Happy Cyber Monday! Today is one of the biggest days to shop and while I will be updating my Cyber Monday page with all the latest deals / finds, I wanted to shift today’s post to focus on what the holidays really mean: reconnecting. It’s a time of year to gather with your family and friends, to come together and share experiences, and to reflect and look forward. For me, my attention is on my family. I grew up in a small family as an only child with only a few cousins but we always made it a tradition to get together every year and share several large family-style meals together where we would laugh and talk for hours. After getting married and creating a family of our own, I love that we’ve added new traditions to call our own that my kids can look forward to every year.
Family Holiday Traditions – Ornament A Year Collection
Of course, we always kick things off with the Christmas tree and this year I convinced Adrian to put it up just a few days before Thanksgiving (he’s a big stickler on celebrating one holiday at a time 😆) and the kids could not have been more excited! One of my favorite traditions that we started the year Dylan was born was having a picking out a special ornament that would let us remember something about that year. We blast the Christmas music and it’s always so much fun breaking out our Christmas decorations! And as the sentimental mom, it always brings back some nostalgia seeing the ornaments from each year. I just love that they’ll have a little collection built up over the years!
Family Holiday Traditions – Holiday Pancakes
It can be easy to overload on sweets this time of year so instead of making cookies, we make pancakes! This recipe is the kids’ favorite and I love getting them involved in the kitchen whenever they can. I break out the holiday cookie cutters and the kids get so excited creating some fun shapes out of their pancakes!
Family Holiday Traditions – Family Pajamas
There’s lots of cuddling this time of year and time spent in our pajamas so I let the kids pick out a new one every season! One of these years I’m gonna try to convince them to do a family matching pajama set! 😂
Family Holiday Traditions – Las Posadas
A tradition we inherited from Adrian’s side of the family is Las Posadas and it’s one of my absolute favorites! Posadas are a huge part of Mexican tradition and with Adrian’s large family, everyone gets together to make costumes weeks beforehand to then dress up the night before Christmas to sing carols. The costumes have gotten more elaborate year after year (Adrian was a shepherd and Dylan was a fairy a few years ago) and it’s such a great time to spend together with family!
A few other holiday traditions we celebrate:
- Carriage Ride Christmas Lights – we take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Highland Park to view their Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music and sipping on hot chocolate. I look forward to this one every year!
- Advent Calendar – I picked up this Advent calendar a few years ago and the kids love waking up every morning to move the marker as they count down to Christmas!
- North Pole Communicator – The kids love having a “direct line to Santa” and this phone is so much fun for them to get daily reminders leading up to the big day.
- Family Ugly Sweaters – This is one I’m starting this year as I just ordered a set for the family. I can’t wait! 😆
- Gingerbread Houses – We tried this with Dylan for the first time last year and I’m excited to do this again this year now that Mei can start building too!
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Let me know what traditions you celebrate with your family during the holiday season?