Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas my friends!! I have been dying to post on here but life has been throwing me a lot of curve balls lately. It’s also the busiest season for my Etsy shop and that has taken up all of my free time. I just closed up the shop for the year and I’m finishing up the last of the orders. Yay! Special thank you to everyone who ordered!

Anyway I wanted to do a blog post about our holiday traditions and what I love most about this season. First and foremost I love all of the giving and kindness that goes into the holiday season. I have been doing my best to teach my girls and lead by example showing them that kindness can change the world.

Avery and I recently have been doing as many acts of kindness that we can. Everything from just smiling at people and saying hello, holding open doors, pushing peoples shopping carts back, donating food and paying for someone else’s lunch.  I wondered if this was actually working and teaching her anything. Then it happened. My most proud parenting moment so far. We were packing up the truck and getting buckled in from a Home Depot trip and this very clearly homeless man came up and explained how hungry he was and asked if we had anything. Sadly I didn’t have cash on me and apologized. Avery, with her big grey eyes and gorgeous loving smile looked at this man and said, “I have money at home in my piggy bank and you can have it. I don’t need it.” My heart just melted and my eyes watered. The man smiled and told her to keep it. Avery and I went to the store and picked up some food for him and tried to find him again but we couldn’t. This just proved to me that she is learning and watching everything! She is only 3 years old!  I was so incredibly proud. It was one of those rare moments when you actually feel like you are doing this parenting thing right.

My second favorite thing about this season is the traditions. We have so many amazing and fun family traditions and it really makes this time of year wonderful! Every year we donate to Toys for Tots. It’s something little we can do to make sure all kids have something from Santa. Find your local donation place online!!

Another tradition we have is to get a new ornament each year. We get them made from Shutterfly with our family picture on it. I love this years with us in our matching pajamas on one side and the girls on the other. I always shop for these when they have their mega 50% off and free shipping sale! How awesome will it be when we are older to look back at all the ornaments?!

Then there is my favorite tradition. Every Christmas Eve we get all dressed up, go to Mass and then pick up Chinese takeout. 🙌🏻 when we get home we stuff ourselves with the deliciousness of beef and broccoli and Avery’s favorite lo mein. Then we pick one present to open and read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. One tradition we picked up from my in laws is that we write who we are with each year and where we celebrated in the book. It’s seriously my favorite day of the year. Way better than Christmas morning! Kids just make it truly magical. I can’t wait!

This holiday season will be extra special for us. It’s our first one as a family of four and we get to spend the week after at Nana and Pop-Pops! That’s all I have been hearing about. Avery doesn’t have a countdown to Christmas, she has a countdown to Nana’s house 😊. I just want to soak up every bit of the holiday with my family this year.

Remember how I said life has thrown us a few curve balls?? Well we recently found out my husband is being deployed for a year this spring. 😢 Yes, an entire year. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that we won’t see him for a year. He will miss every birthday, holiday, anniversary, etc.  Lots of tears have been shed and lots of discussing what the girls and I will do. I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t cried since he told me. 😢 A year seems like an eternity right now but I know it will go fast and I trust that this is just part of God’s plan for us. I am so insanely proud of my husband for what he does for not only our family but for our country. So if you see any Veterans or military people this holiday season be sure to thank them for their service!

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?!

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