In our ninth year of marriage, Ryan and I have yet to create some really wonderful holiday traditions, the kind that our kids will look back on fondly and force their future spouses to continue. We were talking about it with Mr. & Mrs. Smith the other day and Mrs. Smith said that she takes the calendar and writes in a Christmasey activity EVERY SINGLE DAY. Sometimes it’s something little like making Christmas cookies or driving around to look at lights, and sometimes it’s bigger, like going to a Christmas concert. I wish I had known this before November 7, because I totally would have voted for her to be President of Everything.
From the time we were newlyweds, we have been meaning to come up with some really great ideas, but somehow we never got around to it because……..well, I don’t really know why. I think every time I sat down to plan something, I ended up watching Party of Five re-runs instead.
Last year, we finally did something worthy of re-visiting. We went tubing at Soldier Hollow, and the pure glee on our children’s faces as they flew down the hill, frozen snot strewn across their cheeks, was the highlight of my entire season.
So, after nine years, we have one tradition. And we can’t even really call it a tradition since we’ve only done it once. It’s like a tradition-in-training. With approximately 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I only have one good idea. Wait, I just remembered—my mom sings in an annual Christmas concert. That’s two. Oh goodie, 1/15th of my season is planned!
At this point, I’m willing to beg, borrow, and steal your ideas, especially those of you who have wee peoples in tow. What are your Christmas season traditions?