Christmas time has always been an exciting time for our family, but as Jax gets older it seems to get a little more magical each year. It's also nice that Santa is here to help encourage good behavior. Not going to lie, I've definitely said: "You better behave, you don't want to be on the naughty list" a few times already. I don't know how long I will be able to use that line, but man it works like a charm. I know one day he will respond with something like "define naughty" and I'll just have to pour myself a nice glass of wine and tackle that when the day comes. But for now, let's talk about Christmas traditions. From decorating to baking, our days seem to be full of holiday spirit and I'm loving every second of it. I'm sharing some of our favorite Christmas traditions with you and hope that they will inspire you to carry on your own traditions or start some new ones!
1. Decorating on December 1st
Last year we decided to put the tree up at the BEGINNING of November... I think you could say I was a little excited. After celebrating Christmas for what felt like months, we decided we will wait till December 1st to start decorating the house. Jax loves to help rearrange our ornaments on a daily basis (more often than not while he is naked) and now most have been moved to the top half of the tree. Having a toddler truly makes every phase of Christmas exciting.
2. Christmas Lights
Since before Jax was born, his dad and I would drive around our local neighborhoods and admire all the Christmas lights. It has been such a joy continuing this tradition with our little guy. Nothing beats him requesting his favorite song and yelling "so prettyyy!" at every house. Also for all the locals in the Coeur d' Alene area, the resort does an amazing Christmas Cruise. It's a must-do especially if you have little ones!
3. 25 Nights of Christmas Books
This one is one of our favorite traditions. Every year on the last day of November, I wrap up 25 Christmas books. Each night Jax gets to pick out one to unwrap and that's the book of the night. This sounds like it could be expensive, but I got most of my books from Ross & TJ Maxx for $1-3. Total score!
4. Christmas Eve Boxes
When I was a kid it was always so exciting and such a big deal to open up a present on Christmas Eve. I wanted to carry this tradition on for Jax. Every year I put together a little box full of special snacks, a little toy, new Christmas PJs, and a book.
5. Baking Cookies
Who doesn't love cookies? Nothing has taught me more patience than baking with a two-year-old, but on the flip side, nothing brings me more joy. I hope this tradition carries on as he gets older because these are some of my most cherished memories.
6. Giving Back
Around our community, we have public pantries that hold nonperishables for anyone that is in need of a little extra. Teaching Jax the importance of giving not only during this season but every season, is so important to us. This will be the first time that we incorporate this into our yearly traditions and I can't wait to see his passion for giving grow each year.
7. Cutting Down a Christmas Tree
We're very lucky that my mom has her very own Christmas tree farm at her place! This year we took Jax and he was able to pick out his very own "Jaxon sized" tree. He helped with the whole process and although he was grumpy the whole time (because two-year-olds...) he was very excited to parade it around our backyard on top of his truck. I think this tradition will be sticking around for many years.