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The guests are gone, the dishes are washed and put away, the leftovers are (almost) gone and the tree is up and lit... Goodbye turkey day, hello Christmas. I am such a kid when it comes to holidays; I absolutely love a reason to party and eat yummy food and spend time with my family.
Growing up, family was always super important. My cousins are the very first friends I can remember having in my life. No matter the holiday, we were together. Whether it was the traditional Christmas Eve chili, the New Year's black eyed peas and greens, Easter egg hunts at my Nannie's house, the park for Memorial day cookouts or at my house for my birthday; my family has always been super close.
Over the years, the kids grew up, people moved away, got married and started families of their own and we saw less and less of each other. It was sad, really, but what can you do? That's life and sometimes, you just have to go with the flow and make new traditions, which is what I have done with my own kids.
While we still get together with the extended family on major holidays, I have started some new traditions with my own kids that hopefully, they will share with their kids, one day... wayyyyy in the future.
A tradition doesn't have to be anything extravagant, it can be something as simple as buying a new ornament for the tree, for each child. You could also let them pick an ornament out for each other. I have done this the last few years and the kids really look forward to seeing what ornament they will get.
Another fun tradition we started a few years ago is getting dressed up in our PJs, piling up in the car and driving out to see the light displays around town. One night we will do our local neighborhoods and one night we will go see the professional lights at Jellystone Park. It's a really fun way to get the kids out of the house and away from the screens, while making new memories they will (hopefully) treasure.
One of my very favorite traditions is taking Micah to see Santa. There's something that is just so nostalgic and magical about seeing the jolly old guy, sitting up there on his big ol' chair, handing out candy canes and listening to the hopes and dreams of the kids... it gets me every time. (and most towns have free places you can take your kids)
Another fun holiday tradition many families enjoy is baking cookies together and sharing them with friends and family. I tried this a few times, but it was kind of hard for me to get into, as I am kind of anal about my kitchen and I just couldn't get past the mess of baking with kids. I'm more of an "I'll order some cookies from Hickory Farms and have 'em shipped to you" kind of gal.
Hickory Farms is America’s most famous holiday food gift brand, enjoyed by holiday shoppers seeking the perfect gifts for family and friends for over 60 years. I remember, as a child, my Mom and dad being gifted the huge boxes of assorted cheeses and summer sausage with the tiny jars of jams and jellies. Now, every time I see them in the stores, I'm instantly taken back to that time in my childhood.
Whether you're looking for savory goodies like cheeses and salamis or maybe something more refined like a tea sampler, or my personal fave... cookies, Hickory Farms has you covered!
Traditions don't have to be over the top or super expensive to be memorable, you just have to use your imagination and apply a little bit of effort. When your kids' kids tell you how Dad told them about the time you did this or that for him, it will all be worth it.
The awesome folks at Hickory Farms would like to be a part of your family traditions and are giving one lucky reader a Chocolate Decadence Trio of yummy delicious cookies. To win, simply comment below, telling me what your favorite holiday tradition is. I will pick a winner on Wednesday December 2nd. Good luck!
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