Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions Ornament

Many of my friends shared their Christmas traditions this year through Facebook and Twitter. I was so inspired by their creative ideas that I began writing down both our own traditions and some I would like to incorporate into the future. Our move meant there was little time in our own home this year. SkipperClan was amazing at making my wishes come true, however, and we were able to complete most of our annual festivities together.

O Holy Night

I was not in a church service at any time in December. We drove out of Washington on December 1st and we were only in our new town one Sunday of the entire month when my mom came to visit. It felt like I went to a birthday party for a friend but didn’t invite him. However, attending church is not what gives me a relationship with my Savior. We are blessed to serve a God who seeks us every day, right where we are. I am so grateful to friends from our church in Washington who shared photos of the candlelight services.

Toss On Some Tinsel

I remember feeling those plastic strands of shimmering silver in my fingertips as a child-literally throwing them onto the tree. I cannot even remember the last time I saw packages of tinsel in a store, but I love decorating for Christmas! I thought we would only put up our tree since we were setting up December 15th. We purged a lot over the last year though, so setup was fun and simple. We got everything displayed except the Christmas village when my mom came to visit that weekend. We even ran a simple border of multi-colored bulbs along the roofline. {And by we,  I mean he}

Christmas Outdoor LightsChristmas TreeChristmas Mantle

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Christmas music and movies are part of our annual lineup. Free streaming music channels at home and having satellite radio service {thanks Mom and Dad} meant we had a greater variety than years past. Every year there seems to be one song that just gets played to death though. According to KitKat, this year’s song was Carol of the Bells. Two years ago it was Rudolph. I insist on watching The Santa Clause with Tim Allen every year, usually on Thanksgiving weekend. I try to get at least one new Christmas album each year and this year it was the She and Him Christmas album.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

When I was younger, my dad would get canned cinnamon and orange danish rolls every year for Christmas morning. I carried this tradition into our new family, mainly because I didn’t cook well. We soon had two toddlers on our hands and I had no ambitions of becoming a baker in addition to my shopping/wrapping/mailing/party responsibilities every December, so the canned rolls tradition continued.

A couple of years ago, I ventured into the world of homemade cinnamon rolls and they were delicious. However, I did not make the orange danish variety. While he may deny it now, SkipperClanJr went on and on for weeks about how he did not get his Christmas morning rolls. I quickly went back to the canned variety and this year was no different. We also enjoyed two different family celebrations full of ham, dressing, broccoli casseroles, yeast rolls, cheesecake, fried turkey, and so much more.

Orange Danish Rolls

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Cards Have All Been Sent

This year was the first year I remember sending a Christmas postcard but it made my tradition of Christmas greetings so much simpler during our move. Before we packed up the printer, I made address labels for most of my card recipients. I ordered the cards from {along with several Christmas gifts I’ll be sharing about tomorrow} and had the cards shipped to our parent’s home in Florida. Once we arrived and were waiting on the keys to our new home, I put everything together and dropped them in the mail. For those who received one, you may have missed our address running right down the middle of the back of the postcard.

2012 Erin Condren Christmas Postcard

What are your must-have Christmas traditions? Do you still use tinsel?