I know it might be a little late in the game for a blog post about Christmas traditions, but it was a big topic of conversation while Dave and I made our way up to Syracuse for the holidays, so it’s still very much on my mind. I’d love to share a few thoughts on the subject, and hear yours, too!
Family traditions are so important to Dave and me, and we know we want to start some of our own, but it has been hard to wrap our heads around planning anything specific when we know that, at least for the foreseeable future, we’ll be traveling across the country every year to see one of our families. Honestly, I think I’ve been putting a little bit of pressure on myself about our “first married Christmas,” wanting to squeeze everything in. Even though I know it will be really sweet and special to wake up next to my love on Christmas morning, I’m trying to remind myself that this is only the first of so, so many Christmases we get to share, and I don’t have to start EVERY tradition I ever want to do with Dave THIS year.
After talking through our own family traditions, Dave and I picked a few that are the most important to each of us–those things that Christmas wouldn’t feel quite complete without. We also came up with a few (read: super simple) traditions we want to start together this year. It’s not much, but hopefully, it’s only the beginning, and we’ll be able to add many special things to this list over the years. Here’s what we came up with:
1. Watch A Christmas Carol (specifically this version) on Christmas Eve. (From my family)
2. Bake one of my Grandma’s famous cookie recipes. (From my family)
3. Get an ornament to commemorate each year. (From Dave’s family)
4. Take a family picture at the top of the stairs first thing on Christmas morning. (From Dave’s family)
5. Read Luke 2 from our family Bible on Christmas morning before opening presents. (A sweet idea we’re borrowing from my friend, Victoria!)
6. Pop a bottle of champagne at Christmas dinner, whether for just the two of us or a house full of people, and write the year on the cork to save.
I’d love to know, what are your Christmas traditions? And if you’re married, how did you navigate choosing/starting traditions together?