I am big on tradition! Family traditions during the holidays are even more important to me. I am a regular Clark Griswold! As a matter of fact, I drive my family crazy making sure that we stick to tradition (driving around looking at Christmas lights, decorating the day after Thanksgiving, the Polar Express train ride, gingerbread houses, yearly themed ornaments to add to the boys’ trees, etc). Occasionally we add in new traditions, but I am a purest and I really try to stick to our favorites!
The Elf on the Shelf (If you have not heard all about this, then google the name and let the fun begin) began when Jacob was just four years old. So over the past five years, our Elf “Nick” has kept an eye out for good behavior during the Christmas holiday. If any bad behavior begins to show up, Nick reports back to Santa and often takes a break from our home until attitudes readjust themselves. Generally this is the time of the year when Jacob and Caden are on extra good behavior!
The Elf is a lot of extra work during an already hectic time of year, but again I love tradition and the boys (especially Jacob who I am sure is on to the Elf) really look forward to Nick’s funny, sometimes naughty antics (toilet papering the tree and drawing mustaches on their pictures were some of my favorites). I also want my boys to have fun childhood memories that they can pass on to their own children.
Over the past four years, I introduced another fun Christmas tradition, the Christmas box! Generally our Elf Nick drops this off about a week before the holiday. Within the special box I include: pajamas, slippers, a Christmas themed book/movie, snacks, hot chocolate, and the boys’ yearly ornament. It’s all simple stuff that I would give them anyway, but I love packaging it all together in a special box that has become the “Christmas box!” My best tip regarding the box is to pick a theme and buy items that fit around that. Generally, I pick their favorites over the past year; in years past that has been Toy Story, Star Wars, etc.
My husband and I enjoy watching Jacob and Caden’s eyes light up as they pull out their new jammies and tear open their snacks. This year their favorite item were the slippers. They had both been requesting slippers for sometime and I thought that the box was the perfect time to deliver. A few years ago, we had the sweetest monogrammed matching Christmas jammies made for them, to this day those are my favorite!
I encourage you to try out the Christmas box with your children. I first read about the tradition on Pinterest, of course! I love that it is something fun that my boys look forward to, and that it is a gift that they can open together. With the exception of the snacks, the items included are all things that they can both continue to use throughout the year.
What are some of the family holiday traditions in your home? I would really love to hear about them. Please share your ideas!
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