I think because we got married this year and “officially” became a family*, I’ve been feeling pretty sentimental about the holidays. On one hand, I haven’t been in the mood to decorate just yet (feels like a lot of work and I’m in a bit of a seasonal funk), but on the other hand I don’t want to let our “first married Christmas” go to waste! It may look different than years passed, but I am determined to make it special.
* I don’t think you have to be married or related to be family, but it did feel more than symbolic to me!
What Are Your Holiday Traditions?
Something that has been on my mind a lot is about starting traditions we can do year after year. Of course, I do think the best traditions happen organically and I’m not keen on forcing anything, but I’d love to start brainstorming some ideas just to dream about.
(Our first tradition is already off the rails. Last year we threw an epic “first annual” holiday party with about a hundred friends, seafood towers, lots of booze. Obviously…. that’s not happening!!!)
I’ve been thinking about the traditions my own family had and talking to Mike’s mom about some of the traditions they did.
EVERY YEAR, MY FAMILY:
– Had two trees, one in the family room with the kid ornaments and one in the living room with a more cohesive look
– Went out to dinner on Christmas Eve. For years we did a Chinese buffet and then it morphed into going out for hibachi.
– Wore matching PJs… well, my sister and I did and sometimes my mom joined in!
– Ate a breakfast casserole before opening presents. (I think this was a later addition to the traditions while we waited for my sister to wake up 😆)
– Set up a puzzle in the dining room that everyone would work on over the course of whatever winter break we had. Sometimes we’d pop in one piece at a time and other days we’d sit for hours working on it.
– Played lots of Yahtzee. We usually do other games too, but Yahtzee is our favorite.
– Give $2 for an extended family gift exchange. My dad’s side of the family is Jewish, but every year there’d be a group of people who came over for Christmas dinner (and game night). Instead of doing big gifts, we’d do a competition for the best $2 gifts. We have allowed for slight inflation over the years but generally stick to around $2.