The magic of Christmas is upon us.  And, what better way to experience the holiday season than through Christmas Traditions.

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Hello, sweet friends!

Yes, I know, I’m writing ANOTHER Christmas post.  I did give you fair warning 😉

I am thrilled to be sharing all about Christmas traditions today with a few blogger friends.  Plus, you can enter to win $100 to At Home at the end of the post, so stay tuned!

It’s no secret at this point that I’m borderline obsessed with Christmas.  Aside from the excuse to decorate with an obscene amount of glitter,  what I most look forward to every December are the traditions.

And isn’t that what makes this time of year so special?  Yeah, you may have to go to Great Aunt So and So’s house on Christmas Eve and it may smell like cats and you may have to eat some traditional cuisine from the “good ole’ days”.  But, won’t you remember that one year when  _______ or that one time when _______?

I feel like traditions are almost synonymous with memories.  Those traditions you may balk at every year may leave you with the sweetest memories of Christmases past.

That is especially true for me now.  Raising our little brood of humans has given me all the more reason to make ALL of the traditions for us.

Being a relatively new family (though we have been married 5 years HOW?!?), it’s been so exciting to keep old traditions with our respective families, merge our own traditions together, and creating brand new traditions for just our little family.

So, when At Home wanted to talk about traditions for their #MyReason campaign, while adding some decor for Christmas, I jumped at the opportunity!

My absolute favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree!  As a child, my parents would always host a trim-the-tree party where the whole family would come over to decorate the tree.  I LOVED doing it.

Then, I became a teenager and hated everyone.  Then, I went to college and was too “old” to do it.

And THEN, I had my own tree, my own house, and my own family.  Before kids, my husband and I would crank up some Mariah Carey Christmas, pop a couple beers open, and decorate the tree.

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Then, we had our sweet little boys.  Now, we still put on Mariah Carey Christmas (maybe not quite as loud) and decorate the tree with the boys.  There’s nothing sweeter than watching them “help”.

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When Liam was 2, he first helped us decorate the tree.  He put on about 6 bulbs or so ALL on the same branch.  I wish I had a picture of it to share.  We kept all 6 bulbs on that one branch, and even though it sagged to literally touch the floor, it’s something I’ll never forget.  I still laugh/cry about it today!

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Now decorating the tree is (I’m sure) a tradition for many families.  But, each family’s tree would look different.

We have a hodge podge of ornaments.  Some glittery, some sentimental.  But, most have a story, and I love thinking about the story each ornament tells of our lives and our family.

We started a tradition with our kids to have them each pick an ornament every year.  Then, when they’re older, all those ornaments will be theirs to take to their own home, to their own tree.  How funny it will be to look at what they picked each year!

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Liam picked an Angry Birds ornament (last year it was Lightning McQueen) and Charlie picked Skye (from Paw Patrol).  I’m sure he will love to show that to his future wife 😉

This year, I decided to go for a themed tree.  With the help of At Home, I designed a red, white and natural wood tree.  Look how pretty these ornaments are!  We still added all of our sentimental ornaments, too!

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Charlie put ornaments on the tree.  Literally.  He placed them on the branches.  Then ran away laughing.  We had to help him quite a bit to get one ornament correctly placed 🙂

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Liam was SO into decorating this year.  Which is so fun.  I love seeing each of them grow and change each year.  I mean look at this concentrating face.

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And the sass face.

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Something I have to remind myself of when it comes to these traditions is, it can’t always go 100% as planned.  But, that’s all part of the memories we are forming.  When I want to pull my hair out, I remember I’ll probably be laughing about it next year.  Like Charlie trying to eat Christmas lights.

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Or Charlie “sweeping” while we’re decorating.

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But, all in all, the tradition of decorating the tree is one of my favorites.  There are plenty of laughs, plenty of snuggles and that family time I swear we never get enough of.

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Another tradition my husband and I have is to watch Christmas Vacation every Christmas Eve.  It’s probably my favorite movie ever.  Even if I can recite the entire script start to finish, I’m always laughing to the point of tears every year.  This may look different each year.  Before kids we would be having a couple drinks.  Now, I’ve either been pregnant or nursing every Christmas for 4 years.  So, we collapse into bed far too late and grumble about getting up in the morning.  But we still watch the movie and I enjoy that “us” time before the craziness of Christmas morning.

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We took a break halfway through for some hot chocolate!!  This is a new tree-triming tradition we decided to start this year.  Because hot chocolate is awesome and the kids need a break to keep their attention.

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Charlie literally chugged his hot chocolate (we put tons of milk in to make sure it was cool enough).  He didn’t come up for air until it was done.

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I think the tree came out really well!

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I love the pairing of red with wood.

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More importantly, I loved spending the time as a family.  Between both of us working and other obligations, it’s hard to spend quality time together.  I hope to one day not have to work so we don’t have to cram all the things into the weekends/evenings I’m off.  It’s hard to understand, and I’m certainly thankful of what we have, but I crave more time together, just the 4 (soon to be 5) of us.

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My husband is mildly obsessed with Legos.  He has a whole Lego train set (and every other Lego set ever made).  This year, he brought it out and I can’t even explain how excited Liam was.  Seeing all my boys down on the floor playing with this train is such a sweet memory.

Don’t worry, we put the train up during the day so it doesn’t get broken (again).

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After the kids are asleep, we sit in the glow of the Christmas lights.  There is just something so magical about this time of year, isn’t there?

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How about you?  What is your favorite Christmas tradition?  I would love to hear in the comments.  Do you decorate the tree?  Do you have some crazy cool tradition?

After we finished, we moved all the ornaments off the last 2 feet or so of tree.  Because, kids.  It looks rather bare, but, it’s either than or cleaning up broken ornaments every day.

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Alright, friends!  Time to check out some other Christmas Traditions.  These ladies are so creative and I can’t wait to see what their favorite traditions are!

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8 Comments

  1. Amy @ My Life From Home

    Oh boy, your boys are darling! Christmas is such a fun time with kids. Many blessings this season!

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  2. Alli Smith

    I love a Christmas tree that tells a story! That’s how my great room tree is. It has ornaments that my kids made when they were little. They are all grown now. Your kids are adorable and I love seeing families making Christmas memories. Your tree is so pretty!

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  3. Amanda

    CONGRADULATIONS! I am sure it is an early Christmas gift for your family to find out the good news. I must say that Charlie is a child after my own heart—-sweeping while decorating and chugging hot chocolate—-I can relate. It is nice to see that you are starting your own traditions with your children. Its those moments that they will cherish forever. As a fellow Pittsburgher I am in love with the Pens jersey—-raising those boys right 😉 Merry Christmas!

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  4. zan

    The sweetest post ever! Your kids expression while decorating is priceless! I know you really miss getting that 6 ornament photo – my kids do the same. All on the one branch!! I love all the ornaments you found from At Home. The red and black really pop. Trimming the tree is such a fav tradition especially now when the kids are involved. It’s funny how kids change us – isn’t it? Adding hot cocoa to this tradition is a good one because you are correct, it’s just awesome. I too have either being pregnant or nursing for who knows how many Christmases – nursing this time:) Congrats again on the new addition to come!!

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  5. Lora

    I love the idea of tree-trimming party — that is so cool. It must be a special memory! Your kids are dolls and isn’t decorating the tree just so magical?! Love it!

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  6. Jenn @ Loveland Lodge

    What a special tradition with your boys – they look so in awe of the tree and light. Adorable! And they will love having the ornaments when they grow up and the memories that will come with each one.

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  7. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    I love your perspective on traditions and how they aren’t always going to go perfectly. But those are the things that really make them memorable isn’t it? You have such a cute family!

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