Winter Blogfest: Jaqueline Snowe

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Christmas Traditions

The holidays are my favorite time of year—from Halloween to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There is something magical about the final three months of the year. It could be the chilling temperatures, the smell of fireplaces burning in the air, or the excitement of seeing family. I grew up with millions of memories and cannot express out thankful I am for everything my parents did for me and my brother. 

Everything is different this year though: we have a son. I’ve been thinking a lot about what we are going to do for our first real Christmas as a family. Previously, we lived in apartments and always traveled back to the cold Midwest to celebrate the holidays with our parents, but now? We have a house and cannot travel since our little guy is so young!

It gives us free reign to establish our own traditions and I want to pick the best parts I remember from my childhood to create the same sense of excitement for our dude. So far, my list includes:

-decorating the CRAP out of our house

-watching my favorite Christmas movie with my homemade popcorn recipe (Home Alone)

-watching my husband’s favorite Christmas movie with eggnog (Christmas Story)

-play Christmas music the second Thanksgiving is over

-buy and create a stocking for our little guy

-have a lazy, food-filled Christmas morning in matching pajamas. (my husband’s family gets matching PJ pants for everyone every year and the pictures are awesome)

-take pictures. Lots of pictures.

-make cookies and eat them without shame or remorse
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-buy gifts for our fur babies and spoil them with treats

-enjoy each moment without always thinking about what’s next 

Because we were always traveling for the holidays, we always put our dogs in a doggie hotel when we were away and this year, we get to wake up with them Christmas morning. We are so excited to not have to worry about airports or crowds, packing or trying to fit gifts into suitcases. Yes, not seeing my parents on Christmas will be tough, but thank God for technology. We’ll facetime and laugh.

One tradition that I want to pass onto my son is what my mom started for my brother and I when we were young. I’m not sure what year it started. My guess is about seventeen years ago but every year, I would get a Harry Potter ornament where my brother would get a guitar. Each one was different but followed the same theme. So now, I have seventeen Harry Potter ornaments that all get their own little tree to display. I love it so much and once I had my first kid, my mom said her reign is done and it’s my turn to start with my own child and I can’t wait…but there is a lot of pressure. He’s so little that we don’t know what he likes!  Do I pick elephants, baseball, sloths, dogs, dinosaurs, trucks, football?

I’m not sure what I’ll end up picking but I do know that our first family Christmas will be amazing without all the flare of gifts and pressure of getting the “right thing.” We’ll be together and that is the best gift of all. 

I love hearing about traditions or stories from others. Do you have a friends-mas story or a quirky tradition in your family? Please share!

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Jaqueline Snowe lives in Arizona where the “dry heat” really isn’t that bad. She identifies as a full-blown Gryffindor and prefers drinking coffee all hours of the day. She is the mother to two fur-babies who don’t realize they aren’t humans and her new son who smiles all the time. Her life revolves around balancing her day job in education and her incessant need to write and explore the world with her wonderful baseball-loving husband.

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  1. Debra K Guyette says

    Our only grandchild is 2 1/2. My daughter is establishing her own traditions which encompasses many from her childhood.

  2. Hmm, this giveaway didn’t specifiy if it was US only or if Canada is okay too… but in any case, I’ve joined my SO’s family for every year we’ve been together. His mum loves to go ALL OUT with stocking stuffers, cozy knitwear, gift cards, little gifts and big gifts. I feel super spoiled! We exchange new ornaments each year too.

  3. It is always fun starting new traditions and incorporating old ones. When my husband I were married, we started a tree that is only Disney themed, we now have quite a collections of Disney ornaments from our visits.

  4. I started a family tradition with my husband. Every year I buy a Star Trek ornament for the Christmas tree. I started in 1991 so you can imagine how many ornaments we have now. lol

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