Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Our Christmas Traditions

{© Crystal @ The Italian Bella Diaries, 1999}

My family was never big on traditions when I was growing up. The only real "tradition" we had was that me and my mom would watch White Christmas together. Other than that there wasn't any real traditions. 

I always wanted to have traditions with my family but in all honesty, I sucked at starting traditions and keeping them. 

But lately I have been thinking of ways to change all that. 

When my oldest child was born, I had a Baby's First Christmas Ornament. I couldn't tell you where it is now because everything I used to own is still in storage in another state. I can't even remember if I had one when my second oldest was born. I have searched the internet and found sites where personalized ornaments from the past could be bought. I know it's really crappy of me to do it this late in the game, but hey, I want the personalized ornaments for my kids. When I move into a bigger place and get all my old stuff from storage, I plan to fix the fact that I didn't have ornaments for each of my kids' First Christmases. 

In 2013 we learned about a thing called Speedway Christmas held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We went once as a family and then again with my brother, the girl he was dating and her 3 kids. I really enjoyed the lights display. We missed 2014 because of vehicle problems. Then we went again this year. It has definitely changed a lot and wasn't worth the money we paid for it (here is my Yelp review; it's listed under Carolina Christmas). It is a tradition I want to keep but it depends on how the lights display is next year whether we continue or not. 

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{© Crystal @ The Italian Bella Diaries, 2015}

I learned about the Christmas Eve Box on Pinterest. The idea is that the child gets a gift box on Christmas Eve with new pajamas, a movie, a book, popcorn, and hot chocolate on Christmas Eve. Then the child puts on their new pajamas and the family sits around and reads the book and watches the movie while eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate. We began this tradition last year. I bought each child a new pair of pajamas and then the book and movie were to share. I bought the mixed popcorn tins for us to share. This year we will be doing basically the same concept. I bought them all new pajamas and a Christmas Book to share. I also checked some Christmas books out from the library for us all to read. We will be getting movies off of Amazon Instant Video. We will still have popcorn. We are debating over hot chocolate or making chocolate/strawberry milk (It's supposed to be 70* over Christmas here!) 

This is really all of the traditions we have. I have wanted to add more but just haven't yet.

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