We are not what you would call super traditional in our family (hello affectionate work nickname of “The Grinch” that has followed me between every workplace!!) – however, we’ve found a few things to claim as our own traditions as a family! Read on to see five non-traditional holiday traditions to share with the family!
1. Holiday Pajamas
Every year, before Thanksgiving, we scour stores both in person and online to find a great set of matching family pajamas. We’re also a bunch of giant nerds, so my favorites have been a set of Star Wars pajamas, and this years – Harry Potter pajamas! We wear them both on Christmas and Thanksgiving, and it takes those days of fun and family time up a notch!
2. Going To a Movie
This tradition has been around since my husband and I were dating! Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, we pick out a movie to we’ve been wanting to go see in the afternoon. In furtherance to the pajamas tradition, we wear our matching pajamas to the theater – this was my son’s idea. My husband initially balked at this, but upon mounting pressure from the 4 year old he caved and goes along with it now (plus I mean the comfort factor?!?)!
3. Fun Family Christmas Photos
None of our family lives close by, so they usually expect Christmas photos every year. Us being us, we can’t just do a normal photo in front of the tree or with santa! Last year we did our Christmas pics at the zoo with elephants. This year my son wanted a picture in his Jammie’s with his special “mini mug” (actually a cappuccino mug but he thought it was for kids because it was little LOL!). Next year, the sky’s the limit!!
4. Holiday Food
We are definitely not traditional when it comes to holiday food – I despise traditional foods, cooking, and the typically associated mess that ensues! We also practice a ketogenic diet (okay yes sometimes I cheat when I’m at Universal but who wouldn’t right?!?), so foods we normally eat are limited. On the holidays, we each get to choose one thing to indulge in – no matter what that is! Last year we enjoyed chicken quesadillas, apple pie and mozzarella sticks. Sounds super random, but they were each things that one of us loved and missed! (Bonus is that there is little cleanup time!)
5. Christmas Eve Presents
We are avid gift givers in our house. Ever since my husband and I were dating, we struggled to make it to Christmas before giving each other our gifts! As a compromise, we open the majority of our gifts on Christmas Eve leaving the more special presents for Christmas Day. While our son knows that Santa isn’t real (I didn’t say anything either way, he just came to the conclusion on his own), he told me one time that he just wanted to pretend, so this also gives us the chance to surprise him with one or two special things “from Santa” on Christmas Day!
These are our favorite holiday traditions (although we make more all the time) – what are yours???
Until next time,