Now that Thanksgiving is over I'm getting everything prepared for Christmas. As I've shared before, I like to put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. I know that might sound a little rushed but Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I used to spend my holiday breaks with my Grandmother and everything about that time was wonderful. We would go shopping, out to eat, and to the movies. Her house would be filled with all kinds of treats, pies, cookies, candy, etc. And the best part, I pretty much could eat anything I wanted when I wanted. So it's with those memories that I want to make the holidays special for my children.
One tradition I started about five years ago was setting aside Christmas ornaments for both my kids. Each child has a box with there own special ornaments. Some are my childhood ornaments, some are gifts, some I made and some they picked out. Each year I let the children pick one new ornament after Christmas. This provides a history of what they were interested in each year. For example, my daughter has a lot of princess ornaments and my son has quite a few Star Wars ornaments. Each year they're excited to see there box of ornaments. They always forget what's inside the boxes so it's kind of like a pre-Christmas for them. Since they're so distracted by the ornaments, I'm able to set up the tree without being interrupted. It's one of the best traditions I've ever started.
Have any of you started Christmas ornament boxes for your kids? I know it's not an uncommon tradition.
Want to read more about family traditions? Please visit here, to see a special family holiday recipe. Plus, read what others are making for the holidays. Clara shared that her family makes chicken soup with abalone!