We love the holidays over here and love to have things that we do as a family every year. Our traditions sometimes change, we find new ones that we love, and we take away others that don’t seem to fit our family any more. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite simple holiday traditions that we love to do as a family and that you can do with your toddlers, so let’s get started!
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We love every year around Thanksgiving to go to the Christmas tree farm before everyone cuts down their trees and to have a picnic! It is so fun to get in the Christmas spirit. The smell of all the trees is amazing and it is so fun to spend a day away from technology and just with family. We pack a simple lunch or even just snacks depending on what time we go. We let King run around and adventure. It is so fun and something we highly suggest.
Also, let me just tell you, we are obsessed with our blanket from Happy Adventurer. It is made for outdoors and is seriously the cutest picnic blanket. We keep it in the car and take it everywhere we go!
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Here is something you may not know about me… sending cards is one of my most favorite things. I use to send cards for every holiday (halloween, christmas, valentines, thanksgiving, etc.) every year when Zach and I were first married, but life has got away from me and it hasn’t been as easy. I do love to put together my Christmas cards every year and thank you notes still. I look forward to the second that I can take our Christmas card picture and put them in a beautiful card. We sit around the table together, snack on my favorite Christmas treat Peppermint M&M’s, and stuff all the cards together. Minted helped us with our cards this year and they have to be one of my favorites yet. I love the wrap around address labels, how the stamps match, and the envelope inserts. My favorite thing might be though that they will address your cards for you for free! No more chicken scratch handwriting, just beautifully printed addresses that match your cards.
H O T C H O C O L A T E D A T E S
This may seem simple or silly to some but it is one of our favorite things. We love to have “hot chocolate dates” as a family. It doesn’t matter where we go, if we make it at home, or buy it somewhere. I love when we make it at home, get in the car, and drive around to all the lights in the neighborhoods. It is simple, but something out of the ordinary that is so fun to do as a family. You even could do a hot chocolate and donut night and eat donuts, drink hot chocolate, and drive around to all the lights.
T H E G I V I N G M A N G E R
This is a new tradition we started this year and I must say I am head over heels in love with it because it helps us to have the true meaning of Christmas in our home all through the month. The Giving Manger is a book you read together at the first of December, then you place a piece of straw into the wooden manger every day until Christmas when you do an act of service. It is beautiful, something tangible that kids can see, and something that will bring so much love and goodness into your home. We are completely smitten with it.
U G L Y C H R I S T M A S S W E A T E R S
We bought these ugly sweaters last year and they are seriously so fun. We laugh and laugh the entire time we wear them, everyone compliments us on them, and they are just down right fun. We bought King one last year and bought it in a 2T even though he was little so it would fit him for more than one year. We love wearing them out and about, taking a picture in them every year to see how we have grown, and just letting it be one of our silly traditions.