Last year I shared 20 family traditions for you to try with your families and I've had many people mention this year that they have decided to start a few of them after reading my post. I love Christmas, it's my favourite time of the year. Being surrounded by family and enjoying each others company along with good food what more can you ask for? This year I have started a few traditions of my own so I thought I'd share them along with our traditions which we already do each year.
At the beginning of the year I started putting money into one of those money saving tins which you can't open unless you open it with a tin opener, however I ended up needing it for the car later in the year. Next year I am planning on putting all of my money into my savings account with TSB instead as I think that way I won't be tempted into opening the money tin. Check out the TSB Christmas Guide for some great money saving tips to prepare for Christmas.
Last year I started a book advent with Amelia which she really enjoyed so I did another for both of the kids this year. Even though Harry is only 10 months we still all sit down and read a Christmas book every night before bed. I look forward to next year or the year after when he's older and able to understand more. Last year I bought around 20 Christmas books as we only had a few from the previous year, so luckily this year I didn't need to buy any new ones.
This year we've started a new tradition to take a family photo wearing a new Christmas jumper each year. Although Amelia had many Christmas jumpers in the past we never actually took a family photo of us all wearing them so I thought it would be nice for us to start this year. It is pretty hard to get a photo when trying to take it yourself and with no one to shout the kids names or make them laugh so they look at the camera! I'm hoping to get a better one on Christmas day! All of our jumpers are from Next (although you can't see mine!!)
I also like to buy the kids new pyjamas to wear on Christmas eve which will go in their Christmas eve baskets. This year I left it a bit late but i did manage to get a couple of pairs. I'm yet to finish their basket this year however I have enjoyed doing Amelia's the past couple of years and this year will do them a joint one as Harry is still young. You can see Amelia's basket from last year here.
Inside Amelia's Christmas Eve basket I always include reindeer dust to sprinkle on the drive so this year I'm thinking of making my own and making it a tradition every year. I can't wait until Harry is old enough to understand and see both of their little faces light up when they sprinkle it together and then see santa's footprints in the morning.
Every year I buy a new Christmas tree bauble or decoration for Amelia, this year I bought both of the kids these gorgeous baubles from Darwin & Gray. They were a tad expensive for what they are but definitely worth it as they are made of such high quality and will last for years. They look great on our tree.
Every year I have bought Amelia a new stocking however this year I spent a little more and bought these beautiful matching stockings from Byebyebirdieengland on Etsy which will last for years! I just love them and they go with our decor perfectly!
Speaking of stockings, this year I have bought a few monochrome bits for the kids which I have been wanting to buy for a while. I'll also include a few other bits such as the traditional chocolate coins, satsuma and toothbrush.
This year we are taking Amelia to see a Cinderella Panto sometimes this month, we've never taken her to one before as we never usually have any near us and she would never sit still. But I think she'll really enjoy it, I think we'll then try and make it a year thing and take both of the kids. We also go to see Santa every year as well as the reindeer at the local garden centre.
Another new tradition we are starting this year is to donate a couple of Christmas boxes full of lots of little gifts all wrapped up for little boys and girls who are less fortunate that us. I think it will be a great tradition especially for when the kids are older and can understand more and help choose some gifts or give some of their old toys to charity too. The charity we are donating ours to is Operation Christmas Child run by the Samaritans Purse.
As much as I love Christmas, I believe presents are for giving not receiving and love going out and doing all of my Christmas shopping and finishing the wrapping on Christmas eve along with a glass of baileys whilst watching our favourite Christmas songs. This video by Christmas 24 truly captures the meaning of Christmas.
Have you been thinking of starting a new tradition this year? What traditions do you and your family have?