Tuesday, December 25, 2012

5 Unique Holiday Traditions

Merry Christmas to everyone! Y'all know how special family is to me, and how my family doesn't always do things in a conventional manner. Today's post includes 5 Unique Holiday Traditions that I had as a child or that Hubby and I have started with our own kids, that we do every year. It's over at my column at Parent Society, but as always I'll start it here for you! Enjoy, and I hope everyone had a great holiday!

5 Unique Holiday Traditions

I know it's been said a thousand times, but this is my favorite time of year. From Halloween to the New Year, you'll generally find a smile on my face, a cup of spiced coffee or hot chocolate in my hand, and love in my heart. Having kids has made this time of year even more special, as I can look through their eyes at the beautiful Christmas tree, or that house with a million lights outside of it, or wonder with them what's under the wrapping paper of that present they are shaking. Having kids has made me a kid again during the holiday season.

From the first year our daughter was with us for Christmas (she was only 9 months old at the time), we started holiday traditions that we still carry to this day. Some of them came from our own childhoods, and some of them started brand-new with us as new parents. My kids (now ages 10 and 8) look forward to these holiday traditions every year.

1. Advent Calendar

The year I was pregnant with our first child, my husband's grandmother gave us a wooden advent calendar cabinet, filled with little baby booties, pacifiers, and candy. Each day in December, we opened the correctly numbered drawer and found a surprise waiting for us. Eleven years later...

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