Traditions Old & New

I love hearing about other family traditions and learning what makes this time of year special for other people. Sure, we're all decorating our trees and watching holiday movies- but the unique little things that people love year after year are so special. Jared and I have been making new traditions together each year we've been married and I know we'll continually add to them as our family grows. Chelsea recently shared her family traditions and inspired this post :) So today's post is about traditions old and new!

Growing up my sister and I convinced my parents to let us open presents on Christmas Eve EVE one year and it just stuck. It actually made sense at the time... my dad was always working late on Christmas Eve and then we were rushing off to one Grandma's house that night and another Grandma's house the next day which didn't leave a lot of time for our immediate family to exchange gifts. So every year on December 23rd we got to open gifts from my parents and we'd just save our stockings for Christmas morning. My sister and I thought it was SO awesome to spread out Christmas for an additional day.

Since Jared and I got married we've started many of our own traditions. Every year we put up our Christmas tree and decor immediately after Thanksgiving (okay- except this year we jumped the gun and did it early hehe) and fill the whole weekend with festivities. We waste no time busting out the Christmas movies and Christmas pjs. Most years we see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and we always try to squeeze in a trip to our zoo's festival of lights as well- no matter how cold it is ;) And finally, we make it to a local church's huuuuge Christmas production every year without fail! Bonus points for it being a FREE show.


Now that we have T, I know Jared and I will want to add new family traditions with him- especially as he gets older. Even though he won't remember a second of this holiday season, I cannot wait to snuggle him up on Christmas morning while we open gifts in front of our tree and eat waffles. Well, Jared and I will be the ones eating waffles... still milk and purees for you kiddo ;) I love seeing him stare at our tree in amazement and can't wait for the day he'll be awake late enough to drive around and look at lights as a family. I look forward to a time when T's old enough to understand the importance of giving back and we can do something for a family or charity in need.

What traditions have you kept year after year? What new ones are you hoping to start with your family?

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  1. I love that y'all convinced them to open on Christmas Eve Eve!!! I need to get on that tradition ;) I cannot even imagine what this first Christmas with a baby is like---sounds HEAVENLY!

    Our new Texan tradition (that we started last year, ha!) is to eat tacos in the car while driving around looking at Christmas lights. SO festive :)

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  2. This year we have 3-4 celebrations starting on the 23rd with my family, then his family on the 24th then our presents on Christmas morning then possibly another celebration that night. Its going to be wonderful! We also try to go to all the stuff STL has to offer for the season, like this weekend is Holiday in the Park at Six Flags :)

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  3. Great idea to open on 12/23 with the parents!

    It will be great for you to build new traditions as a family of three!

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  4. I love the 12/23 tradition! :) It's so fun to carry those on.

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  5. We stay home Christmas morning and keep our focus on our family. The afternoon is up for grabs - visiting extended family, having visitors over, etc.; but Christmas morning is our precious time together.

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  6. Love the Awaited show! My husband's whole family goes and I can't wait for our little man to be old enough to attend.

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    1. Hi Emily! I couldn't find an email to respond to you at, but if you loved Awaited you must be local so COOL! :) I can't wait for my little one to be old enough for it, too- we love it every year!!

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  7. I love the Christmas Eve Eve tradition!

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  8. I always love hearing about everyone's traditions. It makes me excited for what traditions Michael and I will create once Adilynn is here. Both Christmas and all other holidays. It's a little tough to think about not doing what we have always done though just because I love the traditions that we have in place with our families.

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  9. Aww, sounds like you have lovely traditions!! Stockings were a big deal in my family growing up--we generally were most excited about stockings compared to any other present, so Angel and I have always done stockings for each other since they're important to me!

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  10. Parenting through Christmas is a ton of fun. I can't wait to see what you do together.

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  11. Ugh, it's so hard for us to start a tradition! I feel like we try out a new one every year. I guess we pretty consistently go to this one Christmas parade, and we always have sparkling cider on Christmas Eve and cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. That feels like not a lot though...

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  12. Our first married Christmas we started with matching pajamas and a Christmas movie with all our favorite snacks for supper! It started off as some night during the week before Christmas. Then when I was pregnant with Mav we decided Christmas Eve will be for just our little family so that way we have a chance to make our own traditions (so now jammies and Christmas movies happen on Christmas eve, as well as opening presents). Then Mav's first Christmas we decided to go to a tree farm and get a real tree. This year we haven't come up with anything new yet but I hope we do before we run out of time haha.

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