Growing up, I have very distinct memories of decorating for the holidays. One afternoon in December, my mom would pull out the boxes of Christmas decorations and turn on some kind of Christmas music (usually Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Christmas.) I remember hanging ornaments, helping my dad put Christmas lights on the house, and even putting a special Christmas blanket and throw pillows on my bed. We did it BIG in our house.
My extended family always had a huge party on Christmas Eve, since my grandpa’s birthday is on Christmas Eve. All 12 of us would cram into my great-grandmother’s home and scatter all over the house. After our bellies were full, we would sit around the small living room and unwrap gifts.
One of my favorite things about my relationship with Nick was our first holiday season together. We bought our first (fake) tree, decorated it, and took what little decorations we had to decorate our townhouse. As usual, I turned on Christmas music and enjoyed the day. Of course, as a new couple, we had to figure out how we were going to combine our family traditions.
Here’s a list of our favorite traditions during the holiday season:
2. Nick and I have started the tradition of mailing Christmas cards this year. I think it’s such a great gesture, and everyone loves getting mail! I love any of these options from Tiny Prints.
3. Thankfully our families only live 1.5 hours away from each other, so we can see both on each holiday. Think about how you are going to spend the holidays. Are you going to split up the day and visit both families or only one? Obviously distance is a huge factor in this decision and we are lucky to be able to spend the holiday season with each of our families. Typically we spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my family, then trek on over to Nick’s parents’ house for Christmas Day.
4. Nick’s favorite holiday tradition is sifting through his stocking to see what he got that year. Since I joined his family, we do “couple stockings.” We get things everything from toothbrushes to canned corn to aluminum foil. Things that you may not necessarily expect to get in a stocking, but totally appreciate! I love this tradition and have adopted it wholeheartedly.
5. Another special tradition each year is gift giving! Obviously everyone does this, but Nick and I almost always give a new set of pajamas to each other on Christmas morning and wear them that night. Again, such a little thing, but I love it!
Do you have any special traditions during the holiday season? I’d love to hear them!