Can you believe 2017 is around the corner? It feels like just yesterday I was taking down my tree and storing away all my decorations for the next year. I’m not complaining though; I love this time of year for so many reasons. Seasonal coffee creamers (Hello, Peppermint Mocha!), the false hope it will snow in Texas, holiday home décor, gift wrapping (No I didn’t stutter), fires in the fireplace and just the overall vibes. One of the things I love the most are the holiday traditions my family has kept alive for 30+ years.
My grandma has been collecting hallmark ornaments since 1976. My aunt and mom decided back then they would get her a Hallmark ornament symbolizing that year and gift it every Christmas Eve. Each year I still get a kick out of going through all her ornaments and seeing the differences in design throughout the years. She keeps all her ornaments in mint condition, so at times I’m in shock that some of the oldest ornaments actually possess the most detail and uniqueness.
2014 was her last year of doing the tradition, as her tree was about to fall over from ornament overload. Since then my aunt has started to do it with her kids, and one day I probably will too! I cherish it every year and one day someone in our family will have a century worth of ornaments to look through.
We take our Christmas cookie baking real serious. More specifically, the decorating. It’s really more of a sport in my family.
Every year we make a ton (literally hundreds) of sugar and candy cane cookies and spend all day listening to Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” and Elvis’s “Blue Christmas” albums while making sure each individual cookie is decorated to perfection. Afterwards we take them to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers (Yes fellow Redonkian’s) and share the cookie love!
Christmas Eve Gift
I’m not really sure when this tradition started, all I know is every Christmas Eve since I was a little girl we always opened one gift on Christmas Eve and it was ALWAYS holiday themed pajamas. No, not just me either… everyone in the family got some sort of pajamas to wear the night before Christmas.
It’s pretty hilarious seeing the whole family rocking holiday pajamas that we’ll probably only wear a couple times before the year’s over.
So as rough as it may have been to admit some of these things, they’re what I look forward to every year. What holiday traditions do you and your family celebrate each year? Let us know in the comments below.