I was a little worried when I saw the upcoming topic for Homemaker Moments was cameras. Even though I would love to be a talented photographer with a cool camera...most of my pics are taken with my phone with the occasional shot with my Sony Cybershot. Needless to say I was relieved when I woke this morning to see that Angie over at Homemaker Chronicles had switched things up and the topic was Christmas Traditions. Now that is something I can share about. My mom was very good and creating traditions. She is still so thoughtful when it comes to that sort of thing. My husband brought some traditions to our family as well, and we have also created a few of our own.
- We purchase a real Christmas Tree from a local boyscout troup. We love that it supports fathers and sons working together, and we love the way a real tree looks and smells. We also like the fact that it is an evironmentally smart choice.
- We read a poem each day from an advent book I have had since I was a child, and we have an advent wreath.
- We eat Mexican food on Christmas Eve. My husband spent a lot of his childhood in El Paso, TX which is where this tradition got started.
- On Christmas Eve the kids open three gifts each in reference to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh the wise men brought Jesus.
- On Christmas Morning the children find their stockings filled and one gift from Santa.
- We do at least one gift giving project for a child or family in need such as the Operation Christmas Child. This year, along with our small group from church, we are helping two children in a local school have a Merry Christmas.
- We also take a drive and look at Christmas lights.
- Making Christmas Cookies is one of my son's favorite parts. Last year we made snowman faces and he has been talking about making them again all year. Last night he made our first batch of the season. I am sure there will be more.
- We read the true account of Christmas from the Bible before opening any gifts.