New Traditions

This will be the first Christmas celebrated by 3 of my 4 children. No, I didn’t have triplets. πŸ˜‰

My husband and I decided to stop celebrating Christmas years ago for several reasons. That’s not what this post is about, so I won’t be going into any detail about our reasons right now.

What I will say, is I have a 13 year old who is looking forward to celebrating again, a 4 year old who is very excited, a 2 year old who LOVES the tree and a newborn who is just along for the ride. πŸ˜‰

We’ve been trying to have fun, so we’ve been doing different activities. We purchased Advent calendars with chocolates, that the boys get very excited about every day. We decorated a faux gingerbread house.

We used ornament making/decorating kits that had mixed results. πŸ˜›

This year we are trying something new, and for the most part it has been great. There have been struggles deciding how much we should do for the kids. Having a teenager who’s items tend to be smaller yet more expensive than those for the little ones leads to concerns about how fair we are being or how the kids will feel Christmas morning. We’ve also had some delivery issues, but thankfully everything we ordered has arrived on time. (This pressure was one thing I never missed while not celebrating)

We are not supporting the lie of Santa, yet we are not completely boycotting him either. We know there is exposure to Santa in this world, so we have acknowledged the story but maintained the truth that we are buying/giving the gifts out of love. I handmade stockings for the kids. They are a symbol that is tied into the story of Santa, but we wanted to give small gifts too. They are a perfect vessel for those items that are small and awkward to wrap. Because this is our first year celebrating in a long time our initial plan was to use gift bags for those small items rather than purchase stockings. Then I found I could easily make stockings with my round loom. I enjoyed making them and I think they came out nice.

I had thoughts of different crafts to make with the kids, but most things have simply stayed in my head. I’ll try to be more prepared next year. We may spend a little time this weekend drawing or crafting but since it’s me and 4 kids it won’t be complicated projects.

I can’t say that everything we tried this year will become new family traditions, but we will surely be finding more joy in this life.

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18 thoughts on “New Traditions

  1. Love all the things you did. We try to make things simple in our home and not over do it with the materialism that sometimes happens with some people at Christmas. We have several traditions we try to stick to and the most important things we do are to go out and explore and make memories together. I love spending time with family during the holidays. You and your family have a Merry Christmas. Love the ornaments and gingerbread house.

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    • Thank you. Each one took a couple of days to complete with the time the kids gave me. The pattern was simple… I only had to tear out mistakes a couple of times. πŸ˜›

      I hope you and your family are enjoying the season too.

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    • We went from doing absolutely nothing to this, so we were the grinchiest. πŸ˜‰ People felt so bad for my kids. Lol. My spoiled rotten kids. We didn’t celebrate with the world, but they never went without gifts. They just weren’t wrapped up and put under a tree one day a year. πŸ˜›

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      • I’m still pretty grinchy, but I gave in and celebrated. We actually had a nice time, and I even asked to keep some winter themed decorations up for a while.

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      • Our tree sits on the patio – I got fed up hoovering pine needles!
        We put up a few lights on the lounge window and a small tree ( a few branches with decorations) and that’s it.
        We did exchange gifts this but there have been a couple of years we decided to skip the pressies, and it’s not a fixed thing.
        But we do ”do” the traditional Christmas food. My wife being Portuguese, the cooking aspect is an important tradition so we do lots of goodies, sweet and savoury and share with friends.

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      • We’ve cheated too. A couple of M&M’s, a tiny scoop of potatoes with Christmas dinner. We’re attempting the keto diet. Ben tries to stay under 20 carbs a day. It’s crazy! I know my results are off because I just had a baby so a lot of my weight dropped without dieting. I put on 3 pounds during my pregnancy,(this was due to my gestational diabetes diet) but am down about 37 pounds since 8/31/18 when Nicole was born. This is the only diet Ben and I have been able to stick with, and actually see results too. πŸ™‚

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