Last year when Grace’s first Christmas was quickly approaching I felt this pressure to come up with Christmas traditions for our family. If you think about it, what we all remember the most from our holidays growing up are those special things we did as a family every single year. Family traditions are important! (At least I think so!!)
Many of the traditions that we did as a family when I was growing up are things that we still do each year when we are with my parents over Christmas. We go to the Christmas Eve service at my parent’s church, hang up stockings when we get home, set out cookies for Santa (yep, we still do that!), read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and open presents together as a family on Christmas morning after a huge breakfast. I love all of those things and Grace will get to experience them each year, but I wanted to start something new.
Last year I read several articles online looking for Christmas tradition ideas. I thought I found the perfect one: getting brand new Christmas themed PJs to wear to bed on Christmas Eve. However, we need warm PJs way before Christmas Eve!
Then I discovered the tradition of reading a Christmas themed bedtime story each night of Advent. I LOVED it, but… that is a LOT of Christmas books! I went on the lookout for Christmas books at my library’s annual book sale. This year we would start out with just a couple and over the years we could build up our collection.
Enter my Christmas Angel, Lisa! I told my dear friend about this plan of mine and she made my dreams come true! Last month I received a package on my doorstep of 17 Christmas books! Combined with the ones I got from the book sale, we’ll be reading 21 books this year. Oops! Make that 22 with Twas the Night Before Christmas.
I am so excited about this! When Grace gets a little older I am planning on wrapping up each book. Then Grace will unwrap the book each night before bed to reveal what we are reading that night. Doesn’t that sound like fun??
Curious what we’ll be reading this year? I’ve updated my Amazon store to include some of my favorites.
Do you have a special tradition to help you count down to Christmas? What is your favorite tradition you’ve started?