Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Traditions

A friend of mine recently wrote a post about their family's Christmas traditions/fun things they are doing as a family this year. It was enjoyable to read and made me think about traditions that we have as a family and a few fun activities I think would be fun to do this Christmas season.

-BLACK Friday shopping with most of the women in Mark's family...Setting up our Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.

-Attend Wild Lights at the St.Louis Zoo with Mark's family. This is something we have done together since I met Mark. We went by ourselves 1 year...while we were there he proposed! ;)

-Purchase a new Hallmark ornament. This was a tradition for us growing up, since I have been married my mom has carried on the tradition. She now buys a new ornament for Wyatt each year.

-Growing up we also did something for Advent. I have a few ideas and resources I am using to create a child friendly version. My friend Ashley will also be helping me out!

-My mom hosts an annual "Curtis Christmas Dinner" at their house. There are about 5-6 families (though many have grown and are still growing) that come and celebrate. It's such a great mom is an amazing host too! We are so blessed to have such great Christian friends, that are like family, to get together with during this special season. That evening after dinner we will also be attending the Christmas program at my home church. My mom recently joined the choir so it should be fun to watch. ;)

-We are attending a different church this year than we have been in years past. There is a children's Christmas program in early December. I really hope we can go watch this. It's the teacher in me that wants to go...

-Visit Santa at the mall. This will be an annual thing for us as a family. We took Wyatt last year...did the whole picture thing and everything. He was to little to care, I am anxious to see his reaction this year. No matter what it is I am sure it will be fun to watch.

-Our church collects food for a local food pantry. (They do it every month but I keep forgetting my bag of food.) This month I will grab a few extra items and add them to a bag. Wyatt won't understand but I will still explain why we are doing this and have him help me pick out a few food items.

-While at home, in Jackson ;), one of the times this December I plan to drive through the local park to see the Christmas lights display. It's always a fun night...rolling the windows down, turning the heat full blast, and listening to Christmas music as a family!

-Growing up we always attended the Christmas Eve service at church. Since we have been married we have only been able to attend every other year due to Christmas travel. This year we are at home, in St.Louis, and our church has 2 services on Christmas Eve. We plan to attend one of them and I couldn't be more excited! I think this is one of the things I am looking forward to the most.

-I have taken this idea from my sister-in-law but I asked "Santa" to wrap all his presents in BRIGHT RED wrapping paper so Wyatt would know what special gifts Santa brought him.

This year we will be in St.Louis on Christmas Eve. Which means... Christmas Eve morning we will head over to Mark's parents. It will be only Mark and his siblings family/significant others. ;) We will come home and get ready then go to Mark's aunt/uncle's house with his dad's family. We see each side every other year and it's the year to be in St.Louis on Christmas Eve.

We plan to ALWAYS sleep at our home on Christmas night. We will wake up Christmas morning as a family.

After we complete our immediate family Christmas morning we will load up and head to Jackson. We will spend the rest of Christmas day with my family at my g-ma's house. (my dad's side) We will stay a few days in Jackson. While there we will also get together with my mom's side.

-I think that sums it up...I am sure there are things I will add. This post was probably boring for some but it's all stuff I want to remember!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE this! Y'all will be busy! I need to write something like this.


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