Thursday, December 19, 2019
When I became a parent I wanted to make the holiday special and I felt the pressure that it was now up to me! I wanted to be intentional with Christmas so I started some traditions at a pretty early age – age 3 with my twins.
“Something to wear, something to read, something you want, and something you need.”
I can’t remember where I first heard this quote, but it really resonated with me.
-We gave the boys new pjs on Christmas Eve and they would immediately put them on.
-We also opened a family gift on Eve which was always a new game.
We still do both of these things with our teens.
We always gave them new socks and underwear in their stockings. Now it is really the only time of year they get new items in these categories. They both did start liking the fun patterned/printed socks so we gave them socks for Easter I think. They never complained about getting these items and seemed to like them.
We also give them new clothing. They don’t care about name brand but they love soft worn in t-shirts with funny sayings and they love cozy warm clothing.
Our boys love owning books and they always have. They loved the library but they wanted to have books to keep, too. Now that they are teens we usually do a Barnes and Noble gift card. They enjoy perusing the shelves and this makes for a nice family activity over the break.
We try to give them something that they don’t think they will get. I love surprises. There is nothing better than seeing them be shocked at an awesome gift. It was a record player last year for Mason. It was a drawing pad and software for Jack recently.
We knew that we wanted to keep it simple and not too overwhelming. There would be gifts from grandparents, aunts and uncles, too.
I also do stockings for them. They really like opening their stockings, I think. Everything inside is wrapped. All of their gifts are wrapped under the tree, too. And, Tom and I do each others’ stockings. It’s a lot of fun.
Have you ever asked your kids their favorite things about Christmas? I recently asked mine and neither mentioned the gifts.
I heard: “time at home that day with nowhere to go, watching Ernie look in his stocking, eating Chinese food after Christmas Eve service (we have only done this once but I guess they liked it!)
What traditions or advice do you have?