I love creating experiences and traditions at Christmas for our family to revisit year after year. We had a couple of traditions I loved as a kid, and it’s been fun incorporating, tweaking, and including those, along with new experiences and adventures we’ve come up with for our family. I thought it’d be fun to share with you guys, and I’d love to hear yours as well!
1. Day trip to the mountains to get our Christmas tree
This tradition is at the top of the list because it’s my absolute favorite! We go to Ziegler tree farm in the mountains, outside of Greenville every year. It’s about a 2 hour drive, but totally worth it. We’ll leave early in the morning, grab a christmas drink from starbucks, listen to Christmas music on the way up, and then go hunting for the perfect tree when we get up there. You have the option to cut the tree down yourself or have them do it. They also have fresh wreaths for great prices! We generally grab lunch on on way back down the mountain, and have a christmas tree decorating party that night. It’s a full day, but the kind of day I hope my kids will remember forever!
2. Drive around to look at Christmas lights
There use to be a house near our neighborhood that decked our their entire property with lights, including santa, popcorn, and hot chocolate. It’s so fun to walk through, and see Piper’s reaction to santa claus every year, which is always one of terror! ha. Sadly they are no longer doing this, but we still make a point to drive around and look at lights in our PJ’s with hot chocolate!
3. Christmas pajamas
I love picking out Christmas pajamas for the kids. Growing up, we’d always open up pajamas on christmas eve and sleep in them that night. Now, I love to pick out pajamas and have the kids wear them the end of November through December. Kids in Christmas jammies, nothing better!
4. Decorate the house
In my opinion, it’s not Christmas without a decorated home! I’ve collected ornaments for the tree over the years, and other than that I like to keep it simple and natural. I love to bring in greenery and twinkle lights, and lots of white and wood mini christmas trees. I’ll pull out christmas books and add them to the kid’s reading shelf. And last year I couldn’t help myself, but I added a little personal tree to Piper’s room and we decorated it together. It was the best! So I’ll probably do that again this year ;).
In the coming months, I find myself purging and cleaning out the home, making it clean and inviting while we burrow down for the winter. And while we’re seeking warmth, bugs and critters are too! With an older home, we’ve had to take some extra precautions to keep unwanted mice (yes, ewww) and bugs out of our home. I love all the help Terminix offers in helping to keep your home winter ready!
5. Christmas Eve service
We always go to a Christmas Eve service, and I look forward to it every year. It’s vital for focusing our hearts and minds on the reason for Christmas, and it’s always such a sweet, moving service. All the kids stay with their families and come to the service, too. And while it might be a little loud and hectic, it sure is sweet. I love the worship with my babies by my side.
What are your christmas traditions? I’d love to hear!
This post is in partnership with Terminix Services, Inc, but all opinions are my own.