When Patiencebrewster.com contacted me about sharing our family's Christmas traditions I practically jumped for joy because this was the first real year that our new family traditions would be introduced to our little girl.
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Now it is time to share with you all our Christmas Traditions...
| Decorating on the First of December |
We started this tradition when Cailee was just a few months old but it holds such a special place in my heart. We start decorating for Christmas on December 1st. It is my grandpa's birthday. My grandpa passed away when I was nine years old and not a day goes by that I don't miss him. Now that I am a mommy it is so important that is memory is shared with my kiddos. He loved holidays, Halloween and Christmas being is absolute favorites. It was only fitting that we celebrate his memory by decorating for one of his favorite holidays.
| Donating to Toy For Tots |
We started this tradition when Cailee was one. We go to the store as a family select a toy to donate and take Cailee to an official Toy For Tots drop off location to make our donation. Now that Cailee is older she loves selecting the toy herself. We explain to her that the toy is going to a child that may not be getting a toy this holiday.
| Making salt dough hand print ornaments |
This tradition was started on Cailee's first Christmas. I found the idea on Pinterest and loved it so much. It is so sweet to see how much her hand print changes from year to year. We also make enough to give to the special ladies in Cailee's life (grandma and her aunties).
| Buying a special personalized ornament |
I kid you not before I had my daughter the idea of personalized ornaments made me cringe. I was the type that needed ornaments to match. Now I just love the idea of adding to our Christmas tree special ornaments that really reflect what has happened within our family in that year.
| Christmas Eve cookies for Santa |
My family always opened Christmas presents on midnight of Christmas Eve. I don't really remember what we did for cookies for Santa. So my hubby and I knew for sure that we wanted our children to experience leaving cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Since Cailee is all about Santa now this is the first year we are doing it as a family! I am so excited for this new tradition :)
| Christmas Morning |
This is a new tradition for our little family. I can hardly wait to see Cailee's face when she wakes up on Christmas morning to see that Santa came ate all the cookies and brought her some goodies!
As our family grows I can't wait to see what new traditions we make over the years!
And if you haven't already embraced the fun and beauty of this holiday season, I shall leave you with some eye candy from Patience Brewster!