I grew up in a household full of holiday traditions, such as lighting candles of the advent wreath, saying our prayers together as a family, and singing Christmas carols. Now that I'm an adult, I've established some new traditions. I'm sure they will grow and change through the years, but here are some of the traditions we honor each year.
First off, we decorate the Christmas tree after Thanksgiving! We usually decorate it the Sunday after Thanksgiving, but we had to push it back this year since I was in Spain that weekend. I did try to talk Phil into making an exception and decorating it before Christmas, but he refused! We have a fake tree that is pre-lit. I'd love to have a real tree some day, but from what I've heard, they sound kind of pricey!
|I'm team "white lights" when it comes to Christmas trees! Most of the ornaments were bought during a post-Christmas sale the first year after college, but I add 1-2 ornaments each year.|
After dinner, we bake something together. This year we made sugar cookies from America's Test Kitchen's gluten free cookbook. I don't own this cookbook, but my mom does so she sent me the recipe. They were soooo good! If you can't have gluten, I highly recommend this cookbook! I need to put it on my birthday wishlist.
We split a cookie that night (... and I had salted caramel gelato for dessert), but the rest were reserved for the cookie decorating party that I host each year for my college friends and their kids. They all came over on Sunday night and we had such a fun night! I served tacos for dinner and then we got busy decorating. I've hosted a decorating party each year since 2009, except the year I lived in Charlotte. It's one of my favorite holiday traditions.
|I heart these kids so much!|