Homemade for the Holidays: Day 12 {Christmas Traditions & Link Party}

Well, it’s here! The last day of our Homemade for the Holidays series… thanks for following and leaving us so many sweet comments. We’re wrapping things up with a few of our favorite Christmas traditions. I’m really excited to see what you guys do in your families too, it is always fun to get new ideas :)

At the end of the post, we’d love it if you would link up one of your own traditions. If you don’t have a blog, you can just link a picture or idea from a photo sharing website like Photobucket. For every link you share, you’ll get one entry for our Grand Prize giveaway — $50 in craft supplies from Pick Your Plum! Adrienne, Nat and I will also be picking our favorite links… the winners will receive a package with a few of our favorite projects from the series.

So, on to Christmas Traditions. These are the things we remember from our childhood — the memories we are creating now with our own children. For me, it is the traditions we do together as a family that make this season meaningful, and a little magical :)

We have several traditions in our family… some of them I’m sure you do in your family as well. I’ll just share a few….

* Chris Mouse {This special mouse works for Santa, and comes to our house on Dec. 1st and stays until Christmas. He watches every day to make sure we are being “nice” and not “naughty” :) Every night Chris Mouse moves to a different spot in our house, and the kids love finding him in the morning as soon as they wake up! On Christmas morning, he is gone back to the North Pole until next year :)

* Christmas caroling to a local care center {This is something I did with my family growing up…. many times we actually went on Christmas Day and were the only visitors that some of the residents had that day. I loved the feeling I had after we sang to these sweet people, and I want my children to have that experience too.}

* Sleeping under the tree {This is a tradition that my husband did each year when he was a kid, and now our kids love it! We pick a night close to Christmas, usually about a week before, and we all get our sleeping bags and blankets out and sleep under the Christmas tree. There is something about dozing off under the twinkling lights that is magical. We also watch “Polar Express” in our jammies and drink hot chocolate before going to sleep :) This is definitely a favorite of my boys. {Oh, and Dad is the designated sleeper-under-the-tree-for-the-night, so I can usually slip back to my bed once the kids are snoozing away!}

* Secret Santa {Another favorite of my kids is our Secret Santa tradition. We choose a family in our neighborhood or local area who is in need of help, and go shopping for presents together. We usually get pajamas and a toy for each of the kids in the family, sometimes we get something extra for the parents too. Then we wrap the presents together, and deliver them at night. They love to leave the wrapped gifts, ring the doorbell, and run away :) It is one of our favorite parts of Christmas.}

* Christmas Craft {Something I just started this year is making a Christmas craft with my kids, something that we can add to our collection and bring out each year to display/play with/etc. This year, it was our Christmas Pillows. I found a really cool idea from Stacie at JAME that I’d like to do as well. My kids are the perfect age for this….

These blocks are adorable, and perfect for teaching your little ones about the Christmas story. Toddlers can’t even destroy them :) It is great for learning letters, and reading words too. And there are even matching scripture references! I can’t say enough good things about this idea… you must go check out the tutorial. I think I am going to make these this weekend with my kids.

Stacie is SO talented, and right now she is in the middle of her own series… 50 Christmas Ideas! {Nov. 1-Dec. 20} There are some really cool projects and ideas so far, so make sure to take a look :)

Now that I’ve shared some of my favorite Christmas Traditions… what are yours? Link up any holiday project or tradition you enjoy with your family, and each link will be entered in our Grand Prize giveaway!
The party will be open until Sunday, and winners will be announced Monday morning. Happy Thanksgiving!

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