Christmas Traditions

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This time of year you can’t help but reflect on life, how things have changed, and all of the wonderful memories.

I was thinking about my kids today and how things have changed. Now that they are grown Christmas has changed. That’s not a bad thing. They have work, other family to spend time with, and their own traditions to make.

It’s just another chapter in life and one I’m enjoying!

As I was reflecting I thought why not share a few of our Christmas traditions that created memories to last a life time.

Our first Christmas tree started out pretty bare. We decorated it with lights, ribbon, and a few home-made decorations. We didn’t buy ornaments to fill it. Instead every year we bought only one ornament for each of us. Put our names and the year on them. So our collection of ornaments grew with us.

We put our tree up every year the day after Thanksgiving. Each year our tree had a different theme and we made most of our decorations. So it was an ongoing project up until Christmas Eve. Over the years we made salt dough ornaments, gingerbread ornaments, and a variety of garlands. One year we had a cowboy themed tree and made everything down to old Wrangler jean stockings.

Another thing we did every year on Christmas Eve was drive around and look at Christmas lights. It was a lot of fun but I’m not going to lie it was also a way to keep their little anxious minds off of the presents. Didn’t hurt that they were ready to go to sleep when we got home either!

That’s just some of our favorites over the years. I would love to hear yours.

Wishing all of you

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safe

and

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours

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22 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions

  1. Lovely tradition Shannon. Each of my three children would make an ornament or picture and what ever sport or activity they were doing that year I would purchase an ornament of that with their name on it. their favorite was stringing popcorn the tree was not complete without it, and it had to have candy canes on it. Now it is my grand children that are making me ornaments. Yes Christmas has changed but the memories haven’t. I will have them forever and so will they.
    Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

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