Defining Christmas Traditions

Ok, now that we’re in serious Christmas territory (a week away classifies it as that, right?–at least judging by the post office, I would say that!), I wanted to go over Christmas and the traditions that accompany it. I think having traditions is what makes the holiday season! And now that we’re nearly settled into our new home (in two senses: the physical house we live in and the area), the thought of thinking up traditions I get to share with my family each holiday makes my heart a little more warm and fuzzy. Shall we get started?

Defining Christmas Traditions


Christmas Baking

I think given my past history (or everyone’s) of loving baked goods, it was pretty much predetermined that Christmas baking had to get worked into our traditions. Growing up, we always made shortbread cookies using Christmas-shaped cookies cutters and different colored sprinkles on top, leaving a unique mark on each cookie! It was something I looked most forward too, so why not continue, but now with my new, little family? I can definitely see this as an opportunity for Nia to be creative, eat delicious cookies, and let us do something as a family, so it’s a win all around.


Disney Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade

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This tradition is actually thanks to Tyler’s parents starting it! We’ve done it a couple years already and are actually headed there tonight to add another notch on the belt. It’s great for the adults and the kids, and such a fun way to really get into the Christmas spirit. This is probably my favorite tradition so far.



I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved stockings, despite not really doing them the past few years. Growing up, my siblings and I had our own stockings (conveniently all were Disney and specific to us and our likes), that would include all the basics/essentials (socks & undies, shampoo, etc.), plus some treats, and a scratch ticket, or something of the sort. My goal for next year is to have personalized stockings with our names on them and then fill them with similar items (if you’re reading hubby: yours will most likely include golf-related items ;)).


Christmas Shows/Movies/Music

I think everyone has a tradition similar to this one, so I’ll just go ahead and list the ones that I like to watch each year:

  • Mickey Mouse’s A Christmas Carol (which is actually on tomorrow @ 11am on ABC!)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Four Christmases (with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn) 
  • The Grinch (starring Jim Carrey)

And I’m never opposed to a little *NSYNC Christmas playlist. Or Destiny’s Child. Or Mariah Carey. Ok, anything classified as ‘pop Christmas’ is a-okay in my books ;).


Of course adding to this list, I would love to include time with my family, so in the future, it’s a matter of figuring out if we travel back to Canada for the holidays (after attending the Mickey parade of course!), or have them come down here…or alternate! This year, it didn’t make sense to travel back home so soon after leaving (especially from a finance standpoint), but next year might be a whole different story. Not going to my grandparents’ house for Christmas this year will feel very strange and weird, but we knew what we signed up for when we moved down here! I will just miss that “togetherness” time so much over the holidays. Good thing for FaceTime!


I think that’s a good start to the traditions lists. Bring on Mickey Mouse tonight!!


What are some of your holiday traditions?

Favourite Christmas movie or TV program?


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