Our tree has been up since before Thanksgiving (don’t judge!), and I am feeling that Christmas spirit, y’all! I’m contributing the fact that I am in a Christmas frenzy to A– my hormones (I’m not sure they ever leveled out after having Audrey, so basically I am a sappy mess all the time.. I just cant get enough of the Hallmark movies!) and B– my sweet little girl. Yes, I know she is itty-bitty and will not remember this holiday season, but she sure does make it a whole lot sweeter!
This all brings me to something that I want to start now that we have our own little family… Christmas Traditions! Here are a few that you can begin (with or without children) for little or no cost!
DIY Christmas Pictures
The glowing lights and sparkle put off by your tree make the perfect backdrop for Christmas pictures. For some ideas of easy do-it-yourself photos to take, check out my blog post here!
Decorating or Making an Ornament
While I was growing up, my family’s tree always had hand-crafted DIY ornaments on it. Many were ones that we made in art class. I always thought it was so cool that we got to put our creations on the tree.
You can make just about anything into an ornament.. paper snowflakes, pine cones, pictures, and many other things that don’t necessarily have to start with the letter “p”. haha!
Turn on Christmas music (check out youtube for awesome Christmas playlists), make some peppermint hot chocolate (my favorite is this kind Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa Candy Cane Flavor 16 oz Can) and get to craftin’ with your loved ones!
Christmas Movies + DIY Garland
There’s a Christmas movie on just about every channel during the holiday season. Pop two batches of popcorn (one to eat and one to use for a garland that is free of salt and butter), gather string, a needle (the kiddos could use a plastic needle), and get to stringin’! 1 cup of popcorn will make about 3 to 4 feet of garland.
Out of popcorn?! Use marshmallows! Other free or low cost Christmas Traditions:
-Christmas Cookies! For an easy icing, combine powder sugar, a little splash of milk and food coloring. It should be runny yet thick in consistency. This combination is so easy, AND it hardens which means you can stack the cookies on top of each other once they dry.
-Drive around and look at the Christmas lights! (Make to-go hot cocoa and crank up the Christmas tunes!)
-Do something nice for someone!
-Make Christmas cards to hand out to neighbors, friends and family!
What are some Christmas traditions that you have?!
I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday season so far!
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