Tuesday, December 22, 2015

My Favorite Holiday Traditions

Everything about the holiday season makes it hard to beat. A couple weeks off from school, spending time with family, and taking part in the same old traditions year after year are hard to beat! I am someone who really likes consistency and traditions so there are definitely some specific traditions that I look forward to each year around the holidays. In years past I've recently been adding some other ones to my list and thought it would be fun to share some of mine with y'all with hopes that you'll share some of yours as well! 

Pre Christmas

Baking // I adore spending time before the holidays baking treats for my family to enjoy. Cookies and cakes and anything else are my favorites and if you feel the same way you'll probably want to check back for tomorrow's post! 

It's A Wonderful Life // This is a newer tradition. Last year Nell and I went to see a showing of It's A Wonderful Life with my brother at an old theater in Nell's town. Surprisingly that was my first time ever seeing that movie. We are seeing the same movie at the same theater today making this outing seem more like a tradition. 

The Farm // The farm is what we call my grandparents house about an hour and a half away. The have around 60 acres with two big fields and ponds and it's where we go for Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. We will be heading that way tomorrow to celebrate the holiday with my family there. 

Christmas Eve
Appetizers & Dinner // Christmas Eve we usually get dressed up to have appetizers and dinner at my aunts house. Usually we have some sort of soup and bread and for the "kids" (the youngest of us is nearly 18) a Christmas tree shaped pizza. This year we are doing the same sort of thing at my grandparents house and I know it will be equally as delicious to come back to after church.

Organizing the Presents // This is something I've done since I can remember. On Christmas Eve we reorganize the living room designating spots for everyone and then I put on my pajamas and sort everyones presents into their spots. Call me crazy but I love doing it and it makes things easier in the morning since we can just go and sit in our spot and our presents are already there. 

Christmas Day
Brunch // After spending the morning in our pajamas enjoying each others company and unwrapping presents we eat a big brunch as a family. While there are too many foods to name a couple of different flavored kringles are typically present and so delicious. 

Day After Christmas
Birthday Cake // Since my birthday falls the day after Christmas the excitement isn't necessarily over on the 25th. One thing that I do pretty much every year is make my own birthday cake. I love to bake and am not the biggest fan of store bought cakes so doing this is fun for me and ensures that it will be delicious. 

New Years Day 
Polar Bear Plunge // You may have herd of this before but if not think of crazy people deciding to go for a swim on New Year's Day. Some of my friends roped me into doing this the past few years and since they live on the bay we just go out on their pier and jump in. They have a designated spot we have to swim to and then dunk our head underwater before we race back to the pier to try to get out of the water as fast as possible. 

What are some of your holiday traditions? Do any of ours overlap? 


  1. Love all these traditions - I'm pretty much the same. I love consistency and knowing what to expect on the holidays because it's usually what gets me so excited! I like the idea of organizing the presents! Lately, we've been using our wrapped presents as "decorations" for the piano and the area around it this year as it brightens up the space while keeping our goodies away from the dogs ;)

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

  2. I love hearing your Christmas traditions, so fun! We always go to Christmas Eve Mass and then come home to eat spaghetti before watching the Grinch!


  3. I love reading holiday traditions. When I was younger, I thought everyone celebrate the holidays the same way as my family, but it turns out every family does it differently. Like with my family, we open all our presents on Christmas Eve and sleep in until noon on Christmas Day. I have heard of the Polar Plunge once...how cold is the water? Because in the PNW, it is near freezing.

    girl C

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