Can I start off by saying how fast this year went by? Whoever was prepared for Christmas this year and got their shopping done early, well, God bless their soul. But if you’re a procrastinator like me, well high five! This month has been a busy one for all of us. From celebrating two birthdays, and countless days and nights of being sick, the truth is, I’m over this month. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and what better way to celebrate it other than being close to family members, right? This Christmas I felt super exhausted the night of Christmas Eve. Between a baby and being sick, I was done by 8 o’clock at night. My mom ended up cooking since she decided to host this year. I’m so glad she did because she’s a great cook. This year her menu consisted of tamales, pozole, turkey legs, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and hot chocolate — pure deliciousness under one roof. Because we move every three years, our tradition of cooking on Christmas Eve still stands. This year my husband had to work the day before. Therefore, my mom ended up cooking a buffet for all of us to enjoy. Boys had a blast; we had fun as we conversed with other ‘adults.’ Since we celebrated that day with my mom, we decided to cook a feast on Christmas Day. This year we had a couple of people over and had pernil, Arroz con gandules, pozole de Pollo, tamales, and my favorite, coquito!
There are a few things we do in the household aside from cooking on Christmas. Couple of traditions we do with the kids is the Elf on the Shelf. For those who have never heard about it, the elf “moves” around the household every day and is in charge of watching the children see how they behave that day. The Elf then goes back to the North Pole at night and reports to Santa Claus on whether the children were naughty or nice. He then comes back the next day and shows up in a different spot in the house. Might sound silly, but it’s a great way to keep the Christmas spirit around the kids and prevents them from misbehaving. We purchased it off of Amazon, just click on elf on the shelf to take you to the link.
We have been using Morrisson (the elf), and the Jimmy (the reindeer) for a few years now, and my boys get ecstatic when they visit them every Christmas.
A significant tradition in the house we follow every Christmas is my husband dressing up as Santa Claus. The secret is out, glad my kids don’t follow my blog. Every year he dresses up and I just so happen to have a secret camera that catches him every time he drops by on Christmas Day. My kids are getting older, not sure how long we can keep doing this. But, it’s an excellent way for them to remember the things we used to do for them to share it with their children in the future. It’s exciting to see their little faces light up the next day as they look at the pictures of Santa dropping off presents or seeing him in their rooms.
Last and not least, a tradition we have in the household is to take at least one family picture before Christmas. We don’t have to match for the picture, but I want to be able to have pictures of my children every year for every Christmas we spend together. Call me crazy, but I like printing them out and compare and see how much they have grown. Little things like a family picture make a difference. I want my boys to grow up knowing that on special holidays like Christmas, it’s not always about presents, but spending time as a family with traditions to follow. They know the real reason behind Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus. But like most families, we enjoy celebrating Santa Claus as well.
What are some traditions you follow on Christmas with your family? And do you think they are important? Drop a comment below.