Lately Geoff and I have been talking a lot about traditions we want to have for our family. Every family has specific things they do on and around the holidays, even if some of those traditions were not intentional but just evolved over the years! Traditions can be rich, wonderful memories to be enjoyed by the family for years and years.

This year we have been doing a few small things with our children in hopes to begin fun traditions, and let's just say none of them will not be repeated. I don't know if it is because our kids are so young, but whenever we want to gather the family to read from the scriptures, light the advent candle or read a Christmas story meltdowns burst out!! Nothing seems to be sticking with them even though we keep doing the same thing night after night, except "no touch" when it comes to mom's Nativity set (I guess I'm glad we have that down?!).

The one thing I have learned and am grateful for this year is that our children are too young to even remember anything we are doing at this point in time and so we have time to figure out what works, get the kinks out of those we want to keep and pitch the ones that don't fit for our family. Traditions are supposed to be fun and something the whole family looks forward to each year! I know over the years we will find the ones that work for us and we will create lasting memories while doing them!

Yellow, grainy pictures of Christmas pjs by the tree is starting to become a yearly tradition... check HERE for last year's pictures of Tate by our tree (even in Santa pjs!!).

^^The way she looks at her big brother is truly one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. It melts my heart to see how much she adores him already. 
^^I may or may not have bribed him with a cookie to stand by the tree. And he isn't even eating the Oreo right!! You always start with the icing side first. 

What are some of your favorite family traditions? What are some ideas you have done that work? Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated :)

Merry Christmas!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness! These pics are so adorable! And I'm with you on the figuring out traditions thing. Now that we have a little one, I find it so much more important to start traditions. One of my favorites my parents did was read "The Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve. We will continue that for sure.

    Summer Ann



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