Since I’m having surgery next week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Christmas traditions that I want to squeeze in before then. There are little things like decorating the tree, wrapping gifts, and making the house smell like cinnamon.. but I’ve realized that what really makes me feel like it’s Christmas is being with family. That being said, here are three Christmas traditions that I enjoy (one from each household we celebrate with).
1. The Yearly Poster: every Christmas, I order a photo-grid poster from social print studio filled with Josh’s and my best instagram photos from the year. I always make sure to include photos from the big experiences of the year as well as sprinkle in some of the everyday moments we captured.. This year is the 5th year we’ve done this, and it’s really cool to look back and remember all the cool things that happened for us each year!
2. Gift-Opening Order: Some families approach gift-opening as a free-for-all, but my family takes turns so that everyone can see all the gifts. We go from youngest to oldest and then loop back around. It’s a small thing, but I really enjoy it because I feel like I can connect with each person better that way. I sometimes get overwhelmed when everything’s happening at once. I understand why some people wouldn’t like it – having the attention of the whole room can feel awkward – but I grew up doing it, so I don’t feel those anxieties with my family on Christmas morning. PLUS I like to see people’s reactions when they’re opening the gift I gave them! 😛
3. Annual Christmas Lights: There’s a big hotel in Nashville that’s known for it’s beautiful indoor gardens. Every year, they put up elaborate Christmas lights and decorations, including a big nativity scene out front. The Taylor family has been walking pretty much the same route through Opryland Hotel every year since long before I entered the picture. It’s always a lot of fun admiring the lights and goofing off as a family!
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?