Okay, it’s no secret that Kim and I love the Holidays. Every year when Christmas comes around, I just can’t help but get super excited. There are so many traditions that I look forward to each year, and I fully believe that traditions are an essential part of celebrating the holidays.
I know, I know. Why are they important? Why do traditions even exist and why do I continue to do them every year? I’ll tell you.
For me, traditions bring a sense of comfort and belonging. It gives us something to look forward to, and knowing that something I love is going to happen makes me feel instant joy. Yes, traditions will change and adapt as the years go one, but that’s honestly what I love most about them. It’s also exciting for me to create my own traditions each year as I welcome new family members, make new friends, and go through other transitions in my life.
My favorite tradition? You guessed it. Decorating.
It’s possible that my complete obsession with decorating and celebrating came from Christmas, and I am not mad about it. The process of putting up Christmas decorations with my family is one of my favorite things. Over the years as I have lived with roommates, I have continued that tradition with them. Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit more than putting up the Christmas tree. Every time I look at the decorations, it is a constant reminder of what Christmas is all about and all the joy that it brings.
Another tradition I look forward to every year is homemade TREATS.
My sisters and I have done this with my mom for as long as I can remember. We spend the whole week leading up to Christmas baking, frosting, and making candy, that we then deliver to our neighbors on Christmas eve. And, obviously save some for ourselves, too. We have our go-to treats that we make every year, mostly because if we didn’t there would be some very sad recipients if we left one out. But, we also like to throw in one or two new recipes each year and make those as well. It’s honestly just a good excuse to tell our neighbors how much we love and appreciate them, and a fun time with my family putting them together.
This next one is big for me. Christmas cards.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Cards are underrated and under-appreciated. For some reason, the only time of year that people acknowledge cards anymore is Christmas and I LOVE it. Bring me allllll the Christmas cards. Between the cute pics and the kind words, I just love hanging up the Christmas cards I receive throughout the season. It’s also an essential part of my decor that I just can’t go without. If you are reading this and are sending out Christmas cards, feel free to send one my way (hint hint).
My family has never been one to send send them out, but this year I embarked on this journey. I made everyone take a family picture (sorry family), to make into a Christmas card. It's never too late to start a new tradition!
Another one of my favorite traditions is Christmas (eve) dinner.
Yes, my family likes to break rules and we alway have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. There are two very good reasons for this: 1) My mom has always said that she does not want to spend all day on Christmas in the kitchen cooking, and honestly, I respect it. 2) If we eat on Christmas Eve, that just means we get all the yummy leftovers on Christmas! If your Christmas dinner is anything like mine, it’s a lot like Thanksgiving. And everybody knows that those leftovers are the best. There is nothing better than eating them all day on Christmas in your PJ’s with a glass of wine in hand.
As I am sitting here writing this, there are so many traditions coming to my mind that I absolutely love. Watching Christmas movies, Christmas lights, new pajamas on Christmas eve, cinnamon rolls for breakfast.... The list goes on and on!
No matter what your Christmas is looking like this year, I encourage you to focus on traditions. Keep up with the old ones, and create some new ones too, because it is the perfect way to celebrate this special time of year.
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.