As I sit here finishing up a bowl of oatmeal I am tempted to spend the rest of my day cleaning. Not because I enjoy cleaning, but because the Christmas decorations are calling me. Not the tree just yet (that will go up on thanksgiving), but other decor. Hubby already started decorating outside, so it's only fitting that the inside should match right? Not to mention the sheer joy it will bring my 2 1/2 year old to see "Santa stuff" all over the place. Christmas always brings good memories to mind, My grandma telling my sister and I not to look under blankets which hid unwrapped gifts that were piled in her room, decorating the tree, waking up or coming home from school to my mom always saving the best gift for last,my mom and grandma were the very spirit of Christmas while I was growing up, and I am so glad they passed it on to me to share with my family. It saddens me when I see people who look at Christmas with a negative light instead of the joyous occasion that it is. They complain about the commercialism behind it and with that throw out family traditions that could be passed on to future generations. I love gifts as much as the next person, but I think Mr.Grinch said it best when he said
“What if Christmas”, he thought, “doesn’t come from a store?
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”
In the Mason Jar Mama family, we make a big deal about making memories, and while what we got for christmas may fade, the memories live on. There are a few things that have become a tradition, others we are just getting started on. Here are a few;
1.The tree goes up on Thanksgiving night- we decorate it as a family. This includes Christmas music, and hot chocolate.
2. We snuggle up one night before Christmas, and watch the Polar Express, Hot Chocolate is of course on the menu :)
3. Christmas Eve gift: PJ's and a Christmas book or movie with a special Christmas eve snack
4.Cookies for Santa & Carrots for the reindeer on Christmas eve. We save a few cookies and keep em for Santa!
5. Reading Twas The Night Before Christmas as a bed time story.
6. We don't have an elf on the shelf, we have a reindeer, he will be making his first apperance on Thanksgiving :)
7. Light Drives: Hop in the car and drive around looking at Christmas lights
8. Watching the Reindeer on Reindeer Cam! (Regular feedings by Santa and his elves start on the 17th!)
9. Baking a cake for Jesus and singing "Happy Birthday Jesus" - this one makes me Cry every time!
10. Reading the Christmas Story, about the Birth of Christ.
What are your Holiday traditions? Comment below!