Something old, something new…. Holidays are the perfect time to honor classic traditions, but also find ways to celebrate what is unique about your family! I love hearing about family Christmas traditions, especially when they are simple and budget-friendly!
Celebrate St. Nicholas Day
My dad’s German family always had their stockings filled on St. Nicholas Day, December 6th. I practically had it written in my marriage vows that my family would continue this tradition. It’s a fun way to focus on the saint himself. It also makes the wait for Christmas much more bearable for kids. It’s like “pre-Christmas”, y’all! Just enough of a hit to take the edge off until The Big Show. Don’t want to do stockings that day? Maybe follow the Dutch tradition by having each child put a shoe outside of their bedroom and wake up to a small treat or some candy inside.
Move Beyond ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
I discovered Jeff Guinn’s book in a clearance bin at the grocery store a few years ago. I do love a good clearance buy but I had no idea this would become one of my kids’ favorite Christmas traditions. I read the first part –The Autobiography of Santa Claus – and loved it. It’s Santa Claus’ own story “as told to” the author. It includes creative accounts of Santa’s interactions with great historical figures. The emphasis is on Santa’s example of giving generously and expecting nothing in return. It is inspired that this book has exactly 24 chapters! We generally start on Dec. 1st and read a chapter a night. My kids love it and get excited when I pull this out each year. The book pictured above is a compilation that contains all three Santa books by the author.
I was NOT drinking the elf kool aid. I could not fathom spending almost $30 on that thing just to be doing something that everyone else was doing. I did, however, appreciate the fun and creativity of the posts I was seeing involving that elf. I went to Hobby Lobby and spent $2.50 on… a Bumble. You know, from the classic Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer cartoon? Our Bumble has returned from wherever he goes after Christmas and immediately got into the marshmallows. The enthusiastic look on his face is much less creepy than that smirky “I might actually move when you are not looking” elf.
I love how simple these Christmas traditions are – and budget friendly! It’s the little things, this season, that keep families together. Your favorite memories don’t need to be created with an abundance of anything but creativity and love.
Do you have any fun holiday traditions that your family had adopted?