It's The Little Things
Y’all! Christmas is only a day away and I can’t believe it. We’ve been home in Florida with loved ones spending a lot of time being in the moment (explaining my lack of posting and social media interaction). Over the course of the last few days being here, my husband and I got to chat about traditions in our families and I realized just how much value they carry. Each family with their own things, their own reasons behind them, coming together and creating memories sometimes for generations. Family is so important to me and Christmas time is one of my favorite things so I figured I’d share a little about traditions we have, to ring in the holiday and share my Christmas spirit from afar :)
Growing up in my family we always followed the rule that on Christmas Eve you got to open one gift. Not sure who made up that rule but obviously as a kid hearing that we didn’t object. For a few years our parents would make us open our smallest gift but over time we came to realize depending on what was asked for that year, it could spoil others or sometimes be a cause for disappointment which no parent ever wants on Christmas. Years ago, we made the shift to opening our Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve instead! We’d eat dinner, bake Santa’s cookies no matter how old we got, open our pajamas and get cleaned up for the night (or so they thought haha). Initially I thought LAME Mom and Dad with an occasional eye roll, but to this day I find it to be different, sticks to the rule of opening a gift but kept to the Christmas morning experience.
My husband Kenny and his family on the other hand have a Christmas tradition thats different than any I have ever heard or known. Every year after the morning festivities at home they, as a family, all decide on one of the new movies playing in the theater and go see it together. Surprisingly there are more people at the movies on Christmas than I ever would’ve guessed but not enough to keep you from laying across 3 seats if you’re into that. My first instinct was always “Nothing is open and if it is, it’s probably a madhouse” but doing what most wouldn’t normally do is what created a tradition for his family. Oh and wrapping paper wars after opening gifts- I learned that one the hard way!
As silly or as little as they may seem, I didn’t really appreciate these things until I started to picture our very own Christmas’s, just my little family and I, in our home someday, and the experience I have the ability to create for them. For those far from family during the holidays, traditions can be shared with friends, coworkers, neighbors as well. There’s no limits or boundaries to it. What traditions do you have? My encouragement this holiday season is not to despise the little things. They could be as easy as baking your favorite cookie recipe, making a certain breakfast the morning of, or matching your pajamas. If you can think of it, it can be, and when you’re with the ones you love that’s all that matters. Share your traditions with me, I’d love to read them!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
With love, Katelynn xx