We have many Holiday Traditions at Christmas time. I’m happy to tell you about a few of mine for the I Heart Faces “My Story in Photos – Holiday Traditions” link up party.
Christmas Ornament Party
Each year we have an ornament party where my kids get a new Hallmark Keepsake Ornament and we read my favorite Christmas book called What God Wants for Christmas. It’s an interactive book where the kids have to open gifts during the story to create the nativity scene.
Photo with Mom
After the tree is decorated, I always try and get a photo with my kids so they will remember what mom looked like way back then! ha. I used a flat iron on my daughter’s curly hair, so this was our “fancy hair” photo:-)
A new tradition is to decorate a gingerbread house. This is soooo much fun! My friend Belinda makes the best gingerbread houses from scratch. Here is her yummy house…
It’s really hard not to eat it before decorating it. Of course eating the candy while decorating is a given!
Belinda’s rule is that you have to decorate it with all edible items, send her a photo when you’re finished…. then you get a house the next year! Didn’t ours turn out cute? We’ll be decorating the backyard this week.
To teach my kids about giving, I have them help me with the toy drive I organize through my church. This year we got over 700 gifts!! I’m still not sure of the final count, but my friends and church really came through on the donations!
We partner with a church in a lower income area to pass out gift wrapped toys to families in need. My kids and I spend 2 entire days sorting all the gifts.
I was very proud of my children for doing such a great job of sorting each day and not whining that they wanted a toy. Now when my daughter sees a toy she likes, she says that would be good to get for those little girls who need toys. That just makes my heart melt! It’s so neat that at age 3, she already gets it. I’m so proud of them both!
Those are a few of my traditions. What are yours?