It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the farm. I have to be honest, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because you can eat until your heart is content. And, who doesn’t love to eat? But now that I have kids, Christmas is becoming more of a favorite. Seeing the excitement and happiness it brings them, in telling Santa what they want for Christmas morning, brings such joy to my heart. I remember as a kid being so excited and couldn’t wait to wake up Christmas morning to find packages with MY name on them.
I will never forget the year my two brothers and I tried to catch Santa. We took string and tied each piece together and ran it through the house. My oldest brother hid under the kitchen table (where Santa always did his wrapping) while my youngest brother hid in the bathtub and I hid at the end of the couch. The agreement was, if either one of us saw Santa, we would tug on the string letting the others know we saw him. Then we would grab him! I’m not sure what the next phase of the plan was. There probably wasn’t one, knowing us. Needless to say, Santa got lucky that night, because we all fell asleep before we could get a close look at the happy jolly man. Although, he did seem to like cookies and milk we left out for him. Oh the innocence of a child. Life was fun as a child!
As we grow up we lose sight of those fun Christmas Eve nights trying to catch Santa. Instead, life seems to be more stressful, busy and never enough time for ourselves. But having kids has made me realize we all need to slow down and enjoy just how magical Christmas really is. At the same time I want them to understand the true meaning of what Christmas is all about, the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Growing up my dad would always read the Christmas story from the Bible from the book of Luke. We had to sit there patiently, waiting to open our gifts and listen to him read. We sat there in anticipation as we tried to listen. But as I look back, I am so grateful for those times I had to sit and wait. Now my children get to do the same as they listen to their Papa read the Christmas story from the book of Luke.
Some traditions that my husband and I started with our little ones is, their own tree skirts. We bought them each a canvas Christmas tree skirt, now each year we add their hand prints. It is amazing how the past three Christmas’s their little hands have grown. Not only is this project a lot of fun, but it’s also something that they can carry on as they start their own families- some day in the distant future.
And of course you cannot forget about taking them to see Santa Claus each year. When the kiddos were just babies I knew pictures with Santa would be a must. So I set out to find a great photographer and someone who looks just like Santa while the REAL Santa is busy preparing for The BIG day. Not only is this a new and fabulous tradition but I also get some amazing family portraits to share with family and friends on or in our Christmas cards. There is nothing better than pictures with your family to look back on throughout the years.
Christmas is just around the corner, are you ready? What are some of your family traditions? What are the things you love about Christmas? What do you look forward to the most during the holidays? What are some traditions that you do with your family?