Now that we have Madison, I have been thinking a lot about Christmas traditions that I want to start for our family of 3. As a kid, I always remember putting up our Christmas tree as a family. While this is not necessarily a tradition, one thing I remember was that there were many years we would go to Marble Slab afterwards and get ice cream. Not sure how the tradition got started, but it was always fun. I also always remember when my parents would get out the Christmas books and put them into a wooden book holder my mom had that was shaped like a house. Lucky for me...a few weeks ago my parents surprised me with all our the Christmas books from when I was a kid. I also remember going to Christmas Eve church, eating at Black Eyed Pea afterwards and listening to the Boston Pops radio show on the way home.
On Eric's side of the family, we have developed a tradition over the years of going to Christmas Eve church service and then going to eat Mexican food with his family afterwards. Since his family is so large (15 people with kids, spouses and grandkids) we have also started to do a Christmas gift exchange. Each person brings a gift worth around $30 and we do a gift exchange where you can get or steal a gift.
I have been thinking a lot lately about traditions that we want to start with Madison as we now have our own family of three. One thing I want to do is to buy a special ornament every year. It will be fun to look at the ornaments each year as we decorate the tree. The teacher in me has always had a love for books. I want to get a special Christmas book for Madison every year. Since I always remember getting out our Christmas books as a kid year after year, I want her to have the same memories. I think our Christmas Eve tradition each year will be that she gets to open her new Christmas book for the year and we were read it together as a family. I also want her to have a pair of Christmas pajamas each year that she can wear during December and also on Christmas morning. Eric and I always enjoy going to get a Starbucks drink and driving around to look at Christmas lights. I found these two Christmas lights scavenger hunts on Pinterest the other day and thought it was such a fun idea. I'm hoping that we can do one of them this year as we drive around and look at lights.
What are some of your family's Christmas traditions each year? Any special ones that we should add to our list?