Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Little Things - Christmas Traditions

One of the things that Thomas and I were really looking forward to when we had kids was creating family traditions!!

The great thing about holiday traditions is that each family celebrates them differently and when you become a new family you can blend them and create some new ones.

Thomas' family has a really fun Christmas Eve tradition that is totally different than mine growing up.  
For Thomas, his family got together and always had Prime Rib for dinner and then opened up all the presents under the tree.  These were the presents from the family - Santa delivered for Christmas morning!!  I used to not like Prime Rib but now it is something I look forward to every year and would totally be okay with it being in our Monthly dinner rotation!!!
My family Christmas Eve was going to my grandparents for Oyster Stew, Polish Sausage, Sauerkraut and Dark Rye Bread.  The only thing I enjoyed eating was the bread with butter.  Then we would head off to the late night Christmas Eve Service at our church - I loved the candlelight service!! And finally back home to open ONE present - usually pajamas or something similar and the rest of the presents from family and Santa were reserved for Christmas Morning.

We have blended our traditions so we open family presents on Christmas Eve, have Prime Rib, and then go to church.  Christmas morning we open our presents, stockings, and Santa gifts!!  I think its the perfect mesh.

Another tradition we started was having a tree in Ellie's room.  A number of years ago we were gifted a lighted silver tinsel tree and I just knew that it would be perfect in Ellie's room last year.   She loved it so much that I just had to put it in there again.  Though most of the ornaments on it last year were breakable they couldn't go on this year, since we allow Ellie alone time in her room.  We were on the hunt for some toddler friendly ornaments and Target for the win!! they aren't breakable and are soft and plush! I can't wait to continue to grow her collection over the years!!



what sorts of traditions do you have with your little one for the holidays?

♥ Ashley

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  1. Having the tree in her room is a great idea!

    1. Thank you Jennifer!! It really is so much fun to bring the holidays into her room!!

  2. So sweet! Love the throwback picture! I'm loving blending our traditions and even creating a few new ones of our own!

  3. Love the way you blended your traditions. I couldn't go without a candlelit service. It is my favorite service of the year, besides Easter. Love the tree in Ellie's room to. The silver is GREAT!

  4. Some of ours include opening Christmas jammies Thanksgiving night and then decorating our tree the next morning! Each year Odette gets a new ornament for the tree :) We also started The Elf on the Shelf last year and Odette is loving it!! I love that you got a tree for Ellie's room too :) We did the same!!
    XO Kelly

  5. Love your traditions! I need to start thinking about what they will be when lil man arrives.

  6. I love your family's traditions! The tree in our little one's room is so fun as well. Thanks for linking up with us!

  7. Such adorable pictures! Just precious


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♥ Ashley