Family Traditions Around The Holiday Season

Family traditions are a wonderful way to create memories that will last a lifetime.  During the holiday season there are many traditions that my family shares.  It gives us something to look forward to enjoying as the season approaches.  Since traditions vary from family to family, I thought that I’d share some of my favorite traditions with you.



Christmas Cookies

Each year the kids and I spend one day baking cookies.  We make all different kinds – chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar cookies – whatever our hearts desire.  Decorations such as sprinkles and icing are always applied liberally.  Laughs are shared as we judge the best and worst decorated.  While we do keep some to eat in our house, we spread the love by passing out cookies to our friends and family as well.


Seeing the Lights

The kid inside me thinks that this may be one of my favorite holiday pastimes.  We all pile into the car and drive around different neighborhoods, admiring their light displays.  Some nights we get lucky and stumble upon streets were most houses are lit up.  That’s part of the fun of it though – it’s like a scavenger hunt to find the houses with the decorations.


Christmas Eve Dinner

My husband’s favorite type of food is BBQ, so it’s become a tradition that on Christmas Eve we head out to Dickey’s barbecue pit franchise for dinner.  The ribs at Dickey’s are just amazing and have become my go to meal.  With this tradition settled in our books, I can’t help but associate the Dickey’s franchise with the holiday season.


Elf on the Shelf

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, we partake in the Elf on the Shelf fun.  We have a boy elf named Elfie, a girl elf named Snowflake, the elf reindeer named Blitzen and the elf dog named Bernie.  Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a basket full of clothes, toys, sleds, and other odds and ends that the elves use when they come visit us each day.  Our elves are nice elves – they never play mean or naughty pranks.  In fact, sometimes they even bring little notes along with them that encourage the kids to perform acts of kindness too!  I just adore the look of joy in the eyes of my children each morning while they attempt to find the elves and see what they have done today.


Family Movie Nights

At least once a week we will all curl up in the living room and watch a Christmas movie.  Snuggled up under warm blankets, usually with some hot cocoa in hand, we sit around and laugh and cry at whatever the movie selection of the evening is.


Christmas Eve Service

Each year our church, Grace Church of St. Louis puts on an amazing Christmas Eve service.  They go all out for this with amazing music, lights, decorations and more.  Each year is different, so you never know exactly what to expect.  One year they did a play, sometimes it’s like attending a concert.  It’s absolutely phenomenal.  If you’re in the St. Louis, MO area – or have friends or family who are – I highly recommend coming to this.


The holiday season is probably my favorite time of the year.  There is so much joy and happiness that comes along with it, and I believe a good chunk of that is due to these traditions that we share.  To me, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year – and yes, in my head I’m singing as I write that.


What holiday traditions does your family share?