Do you have holiday traditions you look forward to each year? Are you passing along the same holiday traditions you had as a child on to your own children?
We definitely have some holiday traditions that we have incorporated into our own little family over the past seven years since our first born came along.
I really want to keep the spirit and magic of Christmas alive as long as I can with the kids. During this festive time of year I like to incorporate as many Christmas actives as we can!
The day after Thanksgiving we went to our favorite Christmas tree farm to seek out the perfect tree for decorating! This is really a kick start to Christmas for us. It was a really beautiful day to walk through the fields of Christmas trees. The weather was perfect! Not too cold, and the sun was shining high in the sky. You know what is tricky about finding the “perfect” Christmas tree? Getting five people to decide on just one tree! Of course there is no perfect tree. They are all beautiful in their own perfect way, but for a 7, 4, and 3 year old it was a HUGE DECISION. Thankfully, after walking for nearly an hour, we found one that we could more or less all agree on!
Once the tree is trimmed we make our way to see Santa! That same weekend, we loaded the kids in the van at dusk and made our way to see Santa arrive. Hot cocoa and cookies were served while carolers sang. Finally Santa arrived on his sleigh and the kids were excited to sit with him and tell him all about their Christmas wish lists. Anthony had reservations, being the youngest, but he surprisingly sat for the quick photo with his sisters.
One of the newest traditions we added this year is going to see the town lighting of the Christmas tree! Just this past weekend on a very cold night we waited on the town green while The Night Before Christmas was read and carols were sung by a choir.
My girls were super tired from a long day of dance lessons and birthday parties and the tree lighting was kind of late for my gang. We arrived a little after 7pm and the tree was light right before 8pm. With my three littles feeling cold and tired the wait seemed like hours. But, we made it and the giant tree looked beautiful with all it’s lights aglow. My little guy was the only one feeling up for a photo…kind of! 🙂
The past few years we have taken the kids on the North Pole Express train ride! They LOVE it, but this year we thought we might try something different! The plan is to ride the train in to NYC and see the giant tree at Rockefeller Center! Maybe even stop for a visit with Santa at Macy’s! I cannot wait and I know they are just going to love the whole experience of it all! It is so beautiful! Have you been?!
Our visitor from the North Pole, Ruby, arrived this weekend and is up to her elf shenanigans. My kids so look forward to finding her each morning. I have an alarm set on my phone as to not forget to move her! Do you have an elf? My oldest keeps insisting that we need ONE elf per kid?? Is this true? Do I have to add to our elf family?
These are a few of our Holiday Traditions as we gear up for December 25th! What are some of yours?