Holidays were so special when I was growing up. I remember huge family gatherings, both my mom and dad’s side of the family. Traditions of Santa Sunday when all the cousins would sit on Santa’s lap at Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop’s house. The big present exchange. Tons of yummy traditional foods like my Mom-Moms snickerdoodle cookies. Then Christmas Day- not being able to come downstairs until the Christmas music was playing… My mom cooking her breakfast casserole. Traveling to see family.
During my time in the military I was blessed with assignments in Maryland and Oklahoma. However, those locations put me about a 2-day drive from family. Being without family left me figuring out my own little family holiday traditions. I started cooking some “famous” foods that I only cook on holidays, singing at Christmas Eve church service, and doing an ornament exchange with the kids.
Now, I find that with the kids older, and my husband away for the holidays (work) that I have to put a good effort into growing holiday traditions. For example, on Thanksgiving it will be just my oldest son and my husband. On Christmas it will be just the three boys and I.
So- what is Kristen going to do to help make the holiday’s special.
I’ve never been much for decorating. I’m a little cheap and lazy. But I am ready this year! I have put up some fall decorations and I’m preparing to decorate for Christmas. I’m actually excited about this!
2) Celebrate our family
We don’t need big and grand gatherings to value our love and closeness as a family. We can take the time we have on the holiday to laugh and enjoy one another. I may miss my extended family- but enjoying the moment and being present is so important to my husband and kids.
3) Continue to grow traditions
With the boys getting older, I have worries that when they are out of the house they won’t visit over holidays because they aren’t a “big deal” or we don’t do much. I am working to change this. We already have Halloween traditions, we just need more Thanksgiving and Christmas ones.
We also travel often for a holiday. Last year was to Michigan and this year to PA. Maintaining traditions even when not at home is so important.
***This is where I need your ideas! What are some holiday traditions that don’t have to occur on the actual holiday- or that we can all do even if we aren’t all together?
The holidays are a season of giving, of celebrating time together with one another- that message is the theme that I want to give my family each year 🎄🍁
Thank you for reading!!