I’m all about creating holiday traditions or moments for your family. Ryan and I have over a dozen traditions, especially during the holiday season. I think it’s important to spend time with those you love and make memories together that will last a lifetime. I thought I would share our favorite traditions and activities with you all. Feel free to start one of these in your home!
For many years now, Ryan and I have enjoyed completing a Christmas activity during the twenty four days leading up to Christmas. I previously picked the activities, put them on small pieces of paper, and had Ryan draw an activity from a stocking every morning or evening. As our schedules have become more complicated, we now choose the activities together and schedule one for each day. Activities include enjoying hot cocoa together, seeing a holiday performance, opening a gift early, donating toys for children in need, and more. We even have a faux snowball fight in our living room! It’s a great way to celebrate the season and enjoy the holidays. (Side Note: We change up the activities every year.)
Another favorite is riding the Polar Express. We like the experience in Bryson City, North Carolina. It’s also only a three and a half hour drive for us from Atlanta. There are a number of Polar Express themed train rides around the country. It really puts you in the spirit, and I look forward to it every year. Our experience includes meeting Santa, reading the book, taking a ride to the North Pole, and more.
In recent years, we’ve embraced Elf on the Shelf. It’s not just for kids! Ryan and I alternate nights, leaving our elf somewhere for the other to find. I enjoy seeing how creative we get with this. Our elf, Pigpen, has hosted an ice-cream social, built Lego sets, sent postcards, ordered pizza, and more. In a couple of weeks, I will provide some ideas and suggestions for a fun Elf on the Shelf experience for the entire family.
We recently retired an activity, because it got too challenging. It was a ton of fun when things didn’t cost as much as they do now. We would each buy between 12-24 gifts, valued at $1 each, to give to one other. We would exchange one of these gifts each day. Gifts would include hand sanitizer, candies, soda, etc. There aren’t too many things left that you can purchase for a dollar. We both struggled to not buy junk or repeated items last year, so we gave it up for 2017. It really was fun though. We could change it up to make it easier, but I think we have plenty to keep us busy.
Not only do we really enjoy these activities and traditions, but it forces us to slow down and spend quality time together. My husband is my favorite person, and I look forward to all the fun we’ll have this year! There are so many ways to make memories, and I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new. Even one afternoon together baking cookies can become a cherished memory for years to come. Happy Holidays Everyone!!