Growing up, I would look forward to pulling out our advent calendar and reading what was hidden in each day's pocket. I also loved to help decorate the house for Christmas, pulling out wreaths, stockings and all the ornaments. My favorite tradition was opening one gift on Christmas Eve after we read the Christmas story from Luke.
Another favorite tradition started with my mom; each year she'd get an get an ornament for me. I still love pulling out my ornaments of a Cabbage Patch Kid, Care Bear, flute playing cherub, and various angels (just to name a few). I've adopted this tradition as my own by either making an ornament or buying one to represent the year. I haven't yet decided what this year's ornament will be.
As an adult, Christmas traditions take on a different form. We can keep the ones we like and create new ones. This will be our third Christmas as a married couple and I like to think we've claimed a few traditions of our own:
+ get a live tree and string it with white lights
+ listen to Christmas music when we decorate the tree
+ my version of holiday baking doesn't involve sugar cookies (even though I love the taste of them)
+ watch The Holiday
+ see a live Christmas concert in Boston
Over the past few years, we've had a mantle (shown above). I've love to decorate it a bit different every year. This year, I went with a white and silver color palette with pops of green and red. I used this printable I found via Pinterest. The bottles are upcycled glass bottles I saved and removed the labels from; some are spray painted.
What Christmas traditions have you made your own?