Dec
21
Christmas Traditions
By • Filed In: Christmas

I really can’t believe that Christmas is only 4 days away. 4 days people! That’s crazy soon! I guess it’s time to finish up that last minute shopping and start thinking about continuing those Christmas traditions. We have a few in our family that we still continue, even though we are all grown up. Yes, Kali and I are among the sentimental, hard to break routine types when it comes to Christmas.

Every year on Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember, my parents got the whole family a new set of pajamas. Something about getting to open one gift and wear it right away before the big guy came seemed so special. Any other day pajamas were just pajamas. Cozy, yes. Special, not really. But on Christmas Eve, the pajamas we got were our Christmas pajamas. Then when we woke up and were opening our gifts, we would proudly pose with our new loot while wearing our new pj’s. Just in case you wanted to start this tradition for yourself, I’ve compiled a list of some very cute and comfy pj’s that would be perfect for the eve of Christmas.

Clockwise from top left:

Nordstrom, Gap Kids, Macy’s, Gap Kids, Nordstrom, JCrew

Another one of our traditions happens when we are putting up the Christmas tree. Every year growing up, my mom would give my sister and me a new ornament to add to the tree. The idea was that once we had grown and moved out, we would be able to take our ornaments and use them on our own tree so we didn’t have to start from scratch. When I was little I loved getting the new ornament, but I really didn’t realize how thoughtful the tradition was till I was a bit older. My sister and I still haven’t taken all our old ornaments, even though we have moved out. Like I said, we can’t bear to break routine just yet. But my mom still gets us an ornament every year that we do take home to our own trees. Now each year when we look at my moms tree, memories come flooding back. Each ornament is a memory for a specific year!

Clockwise from top left:

Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, Crate & Barrel

The next tradition has to do with our stockings. The very first thing we do every single Christmas  morning is open our stockings. We don’t even go over to shake the presents under the tree. Nope, we go right to the fireplace, grab our stocking, and sit down on the sofa. Then one by one, we open the tiny little packages that are individually wrapped inside. And yes, we still do this. What? Who says we have to grow up? My sister, her husband Brian, me, and Jeff all still spend the night at my moms on Christmas Eve. No, the presents and stockings are not as out of control as they were when we were little, but we still love the tradition. It’s a nice way to ease into the craziness that can be Christmas day.

Clockwise from top left:

Pottery Barn, Horchow, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn

And then once the stockings and presents are opened, we all sit down to a wonderful Christmas breakfast. It’s not over the top extravagant, but it’s the perfect way to spend a little immediate family time before all the parties and events of the day. Usually we have some sort of breakfast casserole that can be prepared the night before, fresh fruit, some bacon or sausage, and orange juice and mimosas (now that we are all adults). Sounds delicious right?!

So what are your holiday traditions?

About the Author

I am a 28 year old Chi-Town city gal living in a cozy condo with my boyfriend, Jeff. Monday through Friday I go by Miss Schmitt, as my main gig is working as a speech-language pathologist at a school in the burbs. Beyond my day job, I adore decorating, finding treasures at flea markets, seeking new adventures in the city, laughing, indulging in anything sweet, and spending time with friends and family (especially my lovely sis, Kali). Read along as I share my hopes, dreams, and outcomes (the good and the bad!).