Like most families, Christmastime for me reminds me of so many things that took place when I was growing up. I remember sitting at home on my mother’s couch unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. I remember my mom in the kitchen cooking (and not letting anyone touch anything) and all the smells and sounds of the holidays. There are so many wonderful memories that happened during this time of year.
Even though now all of my grandparents are passed on and in recent years, Christmas has changed in many ways, now that I’m a mom, there are some traditions I just can’t let slip. I’ve realized more and more over the years that I probably never will. While I’m all for change — because it happens for better or for worse — holding onto important traditions keeps the holiday magic alive for me. Now, even as young children, my kids have picked up on some of those special things that they now look forward to every year.
Here are some of the holiday traditions that I’m keeping going: