Finding Family Traditions That Make Our Holidays Magical

I love family traditions. So much of our family life is built around them, and they give our kids things to look forward to each year. We have so much to celebrate all year long, and I love that we have special rituals for each occasion. The holiday season is no exception, though our traditions are different than I dreamed they would be. We have had extra challenges each holiday season, but we’ve discovered that even with challenges, we can make our holidays memorable. The key for us has been to keep it simple while making things special, in the end I feel we’ve come up with traditions that will warm our hearts each holiday season, and that will create memories for our children as they grow. We intend to add more traditions as years go by, but here are five to start with.

  • We love our family traditions!

    We love our family traditions!

    They make our holiday season more memorable, and I hope we can continue these traditions for many years to come.

  • Walking to get our Christmas tree.

    Walking to get our Christmas tree.

    Because Elvie has been unable to go in a car seat both years that we’ve set out to get a Christmas tree as a family, we’ve walked. This has ended up being a special time to spend together, and we enjoy our walk in the fresh air.

  • Our front window is decorated for all to see.

    Our front window is decorated for all to see.

    Because we live in a small space, one way we maximize our holiday decor potential is by making our front window fancy. We do it a bit differently every year, but we always use the same lights, and they are a warm and welcome sight when we come home in the evenings.

  • Bring out the instruments and get ready to sing!

    Bring out the instruments and get ready to sing!

    Both Elvie and Zinashi adore singing and playing instruments, so we make a point of turning up the Christmas carols and getting out every instrument we can find at least once a week. For extra holiday fun, we invite others over to share the raucous joy.

  • Holiday pageants are so much fun!

    Holiday pageants are so much fun!

    Though neither of our kids have speaking roles just yet, we love seeing them dressed up as their chosen characters in the nativity play our church puts on each year. So far, part of the tradition is that our girls are angels each year, but that bit may change.

  • Dinner by candlelight makes everything glow.

    Dinner by candlelight makes everything glow.

    There is just something about the soft glow of candles that makes everything seem extra special. Even if we’re just having soup and grilled cheese, candles make each meal feel like a special part of the holiday season. It is truly the little things that count, and this makes us the season feel fancier than the rest of the year.

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