Growing up, we had holiday traditions but I didn’t realize they were traditions until I was older. I always thought, “It’s how we’ve always done it.” The biggest holiday with traditions that I remember are Christmas.
Here’s what I remember:
1) We always used the stockings my Aunt Kaye made for us. They were beautiful and fun!
2) Christmas Eve was always at Grandmother and Sonny’s house. They would always prepare a fun dinner and we would open gifts with music playing in the background.
3) We would come home and open our gifts from our parents and my mom and dad would exchange gifts.
4) We would go home and scrounge around for cookies to leave out for Santa. And SOMETIMES we were even prepared enough to bake some. 😂
5) Christmas morning was for Santa presents and then we would go to Nana and Pawpaw’s and eat either lunch or dinner that they prepared. Most of the time my aunt, uncle, and cousins were there for food, but we ALWAYS waited for them to open gifts. It was so fun.
Then we moved from MS to FL and a lot of things changed, but a few remained the same: Christmas Eve was for gifts from Mom and Dad; Santa came on Christmas morning; and we used the stocking Aunt Kaye made.
Fast forward to the Christmas before Sam and I got married. I’ve always LOVED How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love the book, the movies, anything to do with it. For whatever reason I asked my mom to buy me the book for Christmas that year so she did. I soaked up everything about that Christmas because I knew it was the last one I’d have with my parents before Sam and I started our own things. With that being said, I asked my mom to read the book to me on Christmas Eve while I laid in bed going to sleep. The crazy lady read that book to me at 21 years old. 😂😂 I love that memory so much that Sam reads that book to me every Christmas Eve.
Since Sam and I got married we’ve started a few of our traditions. They include:
1) Like previously mentioned, he reads me How the Grinch Stole Christmas every Christmas Eve.
2) We use Christmas stockings that were given to us by his Aunt Diana. Sam has used his since he was born, I was gifted mine when we got married, and we were gifted on for Ezra and Campbell. I believe she even made some of them herself.
3) Our first Christmas as a married couple, we attended the Christmas Eve service at our church. I never thought about what we would do for dinner that night (#newbrideprobs) and I knew I couldn’t let my poor husband go home and eat a sandwich on Christmas Eve, so we swung through the Popeye’s drive through by our house and ordered regular and spicy fried chicken. We have continued this tradition every Christmas Eve. I absolutely love it because it reminds me of “simple times”.
4) Every year since we started dating, we squeeze into a car with us, Josh, and Alli and go look at Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate with Bailey’s. Whoever is driving or pregnant at the time is the poor unfortunate soul to get just straight up hot chocolate.
Now that we have kids, I want to do more fun traditions! Let me hear your fun traditions! What do you and your family do to celebrate the holidays?