December 19, 2014

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions are what really make the holiday for me. I love seeing my kids eyes light up when they remember doing this same type of activity from the year before. It was important to me as I became a mom to use some of the same traditions I grew up with as well as add a few new ones for my kids.

Starting in November the day after Thanksgiving we start with our Christmas traditions.

We put up our tree. The kids help decorate it and add the star as well as light it.

Our Elf on the Shelf shows up December 1st and stays until Christmas Eve and boy is he naughty!

We watch Christmas movies almost every night. Our favorite is Elf!

We start our Countdown until Christmas also on December 1st.

 We bake a lot of yummy treats through out the season!

And I tend to get a bit crafty! I made these for the boys teachers!

Now for Christmas Eve we have another set of traditions that we have done since the boys were toddlers. 

We start the night off with watching The Polar Express. They love that movie.
We then open a Christmas Eve present which is new pajamas! They put them on and while they are getting ready for bed, I sneak in their room and place a Polar Express Ticket under their blankets and go and make hot chocolate.

 You can get your own Polar Express Tickets HERE

 We then send them to bed and this is when they notice they have a golden ticket! They get so excited as they know that they aren't really going to bed and instead we are taking them on our version of the Polar Express.

Our version is we grab a cup of hot chocolate with a lid, the conductor (daddy) loads them up in the car. And he whisks us away to check out some Christmas lights. We listen to Christmas music and just enjoy the family time together. 

Once we are done and home we read The Night Before Christmas.

Then they head to bed and Santa comes! 

Christmas morning comes and the boys are so excited to see what Santa brought them!

These are our Christmas Traditions. What are some of yours?

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