Merry Christmas EVE! Can you believe it’s here?!
My family has always done a bunch of different Christmas traditions because my mom absolutely loves traditions. I love our Christmas traditions, too, because they’ve stayed constant throughout our numerous moves (Atlanta, Orlando, Raleigh) and different stages of life.
I thought it’d be fun (maybe just for my mom) to share some of them here. When I go home, I love looking through boxes of old photos and reminiscing, so this’ll be like a little trip down memory lane.
Decorating Christmas Cookies
Each year, for as long as I can remember, we’ve made a bunch of cookies (always buckeyes, toffee bars, and sugar cookies– sometimes also lemon bars and cranberry bliss bars) to deliver to friends, neighbors, and all of the kids I babysit. I love baking all of the treats, but there’s something extra fun about decorating all of the fun stocking, gingerbread man, angel, and star-shaped cookies.
Don’t worry, we waited to decorate our faces until after we decorated the cookies. I think. In high school, I’d invite a few friends over for a cookie decorating night. Other times, it’s been just my younger brother, older sister, and me. We also sometimes recruit my parents and grandparents to help, like last year.
Growing up, my family lived across the street from my cousins’ family, so our families always celebrated Christmas together. When we were really little, my cousins, siblings, and I put on a Christmas pageant for our parents and neighbors and acted out the Christmas story every year. We designed our costumes ourselves– hard to believe, right? 😉
Each year, we’d pick a night in the week leading up to Christmas to visit some of our favorite neighbors and sing Christmas carols on their doorstep while carrying our DIY lanterns. Fortunately for our neighbors since 4/5 of my family can’t sing (absolutely including myself), that tradition has faded in the past few years but it’s a fun memory.
Puzzles and Board Games
My grandparents visit for Christmas every year, and my grandpa loves puzzles. He’ll bring a different puzzle each year and my brother and I will work on it with him throughout the week. We’ll also play lots of card games and board games like Mexican Train Dominos or Taboo.
Family Christmas Newsletter and Photos
Each year, we take a family picture to mail to friends, along with an annual family newsletter that my mom typically writes. Last year, she outsourced the newsletter writing job to me, and this year, my sister wrote it. I dug up a few of the old family pictures because I think it’s fun to see how we’ve all changed!
Liv’s 4-year old Christmas
I would totally wear shoes like my mom’s in this picture. I feel like shoes like this are totally back in style now!Liv’s 8-year Old Christmas
Liv’s 10-year old Christmas
My mom reassures me that I “never had an awkward stage” but I have a lot of photographic evidence that tells a different story. My hair was out of control for a few years.
Liv’s 19-year Old Christmas (last year)
There are lots of other family Christmas traditions we do, like watching It’s a Wonderful Life, attending our church’s Christmas Eve service and decorating the tree while watching Elf or Home Alone. I also love watching some of the sappy Hallmark holiday movies.
Thanks for taking a little walk down memory lane with me. I hope you have a merry, merry Christmas!
So tell me…
What Christmas traditions do you love? Are you a “traditions person”?
What are your plans for Christmas this year?