Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Traditions

The other day, Daddy C and I were discussing all the different Christmas traditions we wanted to start doing for Peanut. Knowing that she will grow up and remember this time of year in connection with certain events and traditions, we wanted to make them as meaningful as possible. Here are a few of the things we plan on doing each Christmas season!

  1. 3 gifts - In effort to prevent a materialist mindset for Christmas, we have set a limit of 3 gifts. We wanted to mimic the number of gifts Jesus received from the wisemen. I think this is a great tie-in to the Christmas story. However, it is proving difficult not to shower my little one with tons of gifts this year! But I am so happy with our decision to stick to this rule, as I think it will make a positive impression on her as she grows up and is older.

  2. Reading of the Christmas Story - My favorite version is in Luke 2. We plan on reading this story on Christmas Eve together as a family.

  3. Singing of favorite Christmas hymns - On Christmas day, I would love to have us sing our favorite Christmas songs. My favorite has always been 'O Holy Night' and Daddy C's is 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel'. Peanut hasn't had a chance to decide what her favorite is yet! Daddy C is incredibly gifted in vocals and guitar, so he will lead us in the family worship session.

That's all I have right now. I figure if we try to do too much at once it will be difficult to follow each year.

What are some of your Christmas traditions?


Nan said...

Happy Friday.

Mike and Katie said...

Hi Rachel,
I just noticed you're following me. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! Our Christmases past have been dominated by family members spoil our kids with a ridiculous amount of toys. For various reasons we are regain our Christmas and need to make some decisions about how we are going to celebrate. My hubby already nixed the tree idea with so many littles and so little space. I like your ideas. There's a video of my cousin's little boy reciting the story from Luke at the end of this post:

Debra said...

First of all, Peanut is a precious baby girl!
Christmas traditions?
We just enjoy getting together and celebrating with the family. And we eat alot!!!
Following you on Google Rachel.
Hope you'll swing by and visit me too.
Merry Christmas!