It’s Jayden’s first Christmas and I can hardly believe he is going to be 8 months. This is my favorite time of year. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas time while I was growing up. My mom always made sure it felt special and I hope I can do that for Jayden. He is still very little and while he won’t remember his first Christmas I still want it to be a special one.
These are some of the traditions I want to be able to start with Jayden as he gets older:
- Decorating the tree: Decorating the tree was always the kick off to the holidays growing up. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, we turn up the Christmas music and get to decorating. I can’t wait until Jayden is old enough to help decorate our tree.
- A new ornament every year: This one sort of goes along with the first one. I want to get Jayden a new ornament every year. This year we got a baby’s first Christmas ornament from Pottery Barn. It has the year on it and we’ll always remember his first Christmas. My hope is that through the years we can collect ornaments that bring back memories year after year.
- Making cookies: I’m not a big baker throughout the year (or at all) but I do love making cookies around the holidays. It’s nice to have a special treat around the house that we make together to enjoy. And it doesn’t get any better than leaving Santa some homemade cookies to enjoy 🙂
- Christmas PJ’s: I know this is a popular one but who can resist a cozy pair of pajamas? For me, the fun of having Christmas PJ’s is wearing them as much as possible for the whole month. So this will be picked out early in the month.
- Tamales and Lechon: For both myself and my husband, our latin heritage has always been a part of our holiday celebrations. My husband’s family is Mexican and my family is Cuban. One Mexican tradition I would like for Jayden to learn is making Christmas tamales. The family gets together to make the tamales and it brings everyone together. On my side of the family, Christmas Eve dinner is always a Cuban roast pork (Lechon Asado). Food always brings people together and it becomes more about the experiences and memories with family than the food at the table.
I hope we can keep adding to this list of traditions as the years go on. What are some of your family traditions?