Newly married local mother Tia McCline is excited to begin new traditions this year with her husband and 19-month-old son. Her husband’s birthday, Dec. 23, prompted the start of a new holiday family tradition.
“We’ll throw him a birthday party and then go to our church’s Christmas service, because that will also signify the day and place we got engaged,” she said of her husband’s birthday. “The next day, we will do family pictures, bake cookies, have hot cocoa, and watch Christmas movies in our PJs. And finally, on Christmas Day, we’ll have a big breakfast, read our favorite scripture about Christmas, and at some point, get to the gifts!”
If you’re interested in starting your own holiday tradition, here are a few ideas:
For the Family
- Create a family holiday soundtrack. Allow each family member to include a few of their favorite holiday songs. The quirkier and more customized for your family the better. Play during holiday-themed activities, like baking and trimming the Christmas tree.
- Cook holiday dinner together. Get everyone involved! And who says you must have turkey and dressing? If you have a taco loving family, it may just be in the cards for your family to have special taco dinner on Christmas Eve every year.
- Have designated quiet moments. It’s important to be still and enjoy time together during the holiday break. Take away all electronics, light up that Christmas tree, and talk. Play games. Get creative without letting someone or something else dictate your family time together.
- Craft together. Make one special ornament or piece of holiday décor that’s family themed. If you’re a bunch of football fanatics, make a football wreath. Make a craft that can be added on to each year, or one that will be the first in a long line of others!
For You, Mama
During the holiday season, the pressure is on moms. We’re focused on everything from finding and making arrangements for kiddos during the school holiday vacations to prepping and cooking large family dinners for the first time. Here are three things to remember – hopefully they’ll help calm your holiday nerves a bit:
- Rest. Understand that Christmas is not all about what we can buy or how early we can wake up to buy it.
- Schedule play dates. Your children will be out of school for the holiday season and with staying home comes messy houses and, get ready for it … boredom. Collect phone numbers of a few of your children’s friends before classes are out, or call a few of your girlfriends with children and get together. Go for a hike, or take the kids to the movies. They will get to burn off some steam, and so will you.
- Be thankful. Have you seen those cute little signs for our homes that read “Bless this mess?” Enjoy every single second of yours.