Ever since we tied the knot, I have been spending time trying to create Christmas traditions for our family. First we had the newlywed phase, where everything was new and fun. Then we had the baby’s first Christmas phase, where you want every single thing you do during the season to be memorable. Eight Christmases later, here we are, still trying new things each year. I think that trying new traditions has become our tradition. Typing that just now, I realized, that is a tradition that I am okay with keeping.
Some Traditions Don’t Stick
Being from Ohio, I wanted to bring something I always considered fun to our Texas festivities. The first few years that we were married (pre-babies) we had an “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.” It was so much fun because hardly anyone in Texas was doing it! I soon found out why. It is warm here. It is REALLY warm here. It stays warm here for the majority of the year. I remember bragging to all of my friends in Ohio that I had my sun-roof open and it was 70 degrees in January. Needless to say, the sweaters did not stick. Texans sweating in ugly Christmas sweaters, does not make for a joyous occasion. On to the new traditions!
After Babe #1
As soon as our first baby arrived, I was that mom who wanted to make handmade ornaments with my child’s precious little hand and footprints stamped on them. I went to all the fun little markets and bought tons of stuff that screamed, “First Time Mama.” We did present planning months in advance. I dressed the baby in a Santa hat and matching pants. We even traveled to the Gaylord Hotel in Dallas and had pictures taken with the most life-like Santa I have ever seen! That was a year of many “firsts” for us and we enjoyed trying them all.
After Babe #2
When our family grew again, we started doing things that just made more sense. We have stayed home on Christmas Day and cooked a small meal. We have done other things leading up to Christmas. Last year was our first Christmas without my Dad. My aunt flew in from Ohio for a few days before Christmas. We made cookies that my grandmother always made and we took the kids to ride the Polar Express. It was one of the best Christmases I can remember in a long time.
Always Keep Him Close
Through all of our new traditions and new things that we have tried and will try, the one thing that has really become a tradition for us is to make sure we celebrate Jesus and thank him unconditionally. I know this may seem like a no-brainer to most people, but growing up, He was not present in everything we did. I will never say that I didn’t have the chance to know The Lord because I had plenty of family who attended church and I was always invited to go with them. I just know that in this life, in our traditions, He will always be at the center.
I truly hope your Christmas season is merry and bright!