Christmas Traditions...or lack of!
Before my husband and I had Zach we had really stopped a lot of our traditions. The year before I got pregnant we almost didn't put up the Christmas Tree. Seriously, it went up 2 days before Christmas ONLY because I ended up hosting. We had been together over 8 years and it just wasn't that big of a deal for us anymore.
This will be our 2nd Christmas with Zachary and it's absolutely amazing. We already have the tree up and are decorating it this weekend as a family (My husband and I work opposite schedules so we are waiting till his day off). It's so fun to see the amazement in his eyes now that he understands. But here are a few traditions that we do every year.
Every year we take Zach to see Santa at Somerset Mall. They take reservations so you don't have to wait long and they give you all your images on CD. It was $25 but completely worth it. The set up is amazing! Here is one of his best shots from last year.
Jim's favorite movie to watch every single Christmas is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I'm sure one day Zach will love watching this every year too.
My whole family gets together earlier in December. We pick a Saturday that works and all the Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, etc. get together at my Aunt's house. As the family has grown, this has become harder to do on the actual holiday, so we do it early in the month so everyone can attend. Everyone brings a dish and we just hang out and enjoy the company.
Christmas Eve is usually at my house and I love that. I love to host my family and I don't have to take off early because Zachary needs to go to bed. All the brothers, sisters, girlfriends, husbands, etc. buy a generic gift and we play White Elephant style. It's easier than drawing names and anyone that attends can participate easily.
Christmas Day we usually do absolutely nothing. We wake up, have breakfast, and then open gifts from Santa. I'm sure that order will change when Zach gets older. ;) Then we stay home and play with the new toys, watch movies, and just relax. My mom usually comes by for either breakfast or lunch and then heads to visit my brothers. I actually like not having to go to a million places. It makes for a relaxing Christmas Day.
Jim and I do not really exchange gifts. We stuff each others stocks (lol). Since we've been together for so long, there is no hiding and if we want something, we usually buy it so it's just turned into stockings only. But you can get a lot in that little stocking: Gift cards, electronics, jewelry, etc. It's actually fun!
One last picture from Santa last year. It's another favorite and so adorable!
I'm SO excited for this link up because I am hoping to get some good ideas for traditions going forward!