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Bring on the Family Christmas Traditions!!!
Good Afternoon Mamas!
Hey Lexi! here, back from Thanksgiving, stuffed like a Turkey and overflowing with Gratitude! 😉 I hope you all had a lovely holiday, but now that we’re into December it’s time for the Christmas Countdown! In my house this means all sorts of things. Decorating for the season, baking Christmas Cookies, Holiday Shopping, and a whole flurry of other fun activites! This year we are sprinkling in a few new family Christmas traditions I thought I’d share with you. When you have a new family, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning! There are all the wonderful childhood memories that you just can’t wait to share with your little one(s)! Then there’s the dream of the new Family Christmas traditions you will create and someday pass on to your grandchildren! 😊
One of my very favorite Family Christmas Traditions is going to look at all the Christmas lights around the city. We would get a hot chocolate, or a peppermint shake from Braum’s, and then drive around our neighborhood. Afterwards we ventured out into the surrounding area to see all the pretty decorations that give this season a special glow. I still celebrate this tradition with my family, and this year is going to be A-W-E-S-O-M-E! My 2-year-old is already fascinated by the our tree and the few lights we’ve seen just driving around. Times have sure changed since I was a kid, now there are all these fancy light parks, and shows. Still, the simple pleasure of driving through the neighborhood just me and my mom is one of my most cherished Christmas memories!
New Family Traditions
Christmas in Italy!!!
This year we are starting three brand new traditions for our little family unit. First, I LOVE to study history, and learn about other cultures. Then I had an idea that’s a great learning experience, as well as tons of fun for the Christmas Season! Each year we will pick a new country and study their traditions and celebrations surrounding Christmas and the winter season! This year we decided to start with Italy as my husband’s family is mostly Italian, and as the saying goes, when in Rome! 😉
So far here are some things I have learned about the Italian Christmas Celebration:
- Italians don’t start decorating for Chrismas until the Day of the Immaculate Conception. Then they leave everything up until the Night of Epiphany!
- The region of the country you’re from determines when you open your Christmas Presents. Some regions open them on December 13th (St. Lucia Day), others Christmas Morning, and still others Christmas Night after Dinner!
- Italians love to get together with family for elaborate full course feasts that begin around mid-day and continue until the wee hours of the morning! (My husband poked fun at me saying, ‘it took you actual research to figure out that Italians like to drink wine and eat a lot of pasta with family for the holidays?!’ LOL!) 😀
- On Christmas Eve to cleanse themselves in preparation for the Christmas day feast Italians don’t eat any meat, they serve what they call the “Feast of Seven Fishes” instead. And then it’s a decision between a Midnight Mass or putting on your skis!
For more information on Christmas in Italy check out these wonderful blogs!!!
We also gathered a tradition that was passed onto my mom through one of her friends, they call it a Christmas Box. We’re calling it our Thanksgiving box as we give it to our daughter on Thanksgiving, but it will officially kick off the Christmas Season in our home! The box contains such goodies as Christmas Pajamas and socks for her to wear while we decorate our Christmas Tree. Hot Chocolate for us all to enjoy while snuggling up on our couch and watching the new Christmas movie(s) that Santa sent just for this special occasion. For my husband growing up Advent Calendars were a big tradition in his home, so we included one for her staring “Olaf” from Disney’s Frozen, and some Christmas coloring books (as this is a favorite hobby).
Elf on the Shelf!
The biggest new tradition that we are starting this year, who also made her debut in our Thanksgiving Box is Bella our “Elf on the Shelf.” Our daughter is just old enough to really start understanding about the magic and wonder of the Christmas Season and so far, we have enjoyed our “chock-it” (chocolate) and finding “that girl” (Bella the elf) every morning. I can’t wait to see how these traditions will grow and shape her childhood memories into fond stories she will someday tell her daughter, and granddaughter!
My hope is that these stories and traditions warm your heart, inspire you to create your own magic with your family this year, and give you dreams of a wonderful future! It’s been a joy chatting with you and sharing our joys and triumphs as well as our fears and struggles this year! This will be my last post in 2019, so until we meet again friends, this is Hey Lexi! wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year! See you in 2020!
P.S. If you missed any of my holiday posts check them out in the links below!
Ok, that does it for me, TTFN! Hey Lexi! Signing off. 🙂
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