Cultivating Family Traditions

You didn’t think I’d let the holidays come without sharing a bit on traditions did you!? Holidays are by far my favorite time of the year. There is something so magical about the energy, the lights, kindness, decorations, delicious food, warm hot cocoa with mounds of marshmallows and of course… celebrating the true meaning of the season!

This is our first holiday season as a family of 3 and it truly feels like  I have waited years for the moment to FINALLY start our own Blossom family traditions!

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Whether your family is growing like mine or you’re maxed out with kiddos ;) (never enough kids… right?!), I  hope you are encouraged to take action today on cultivating family traditions into YOUR home because Mommas…. They are SO important!

Family Traditions are everything for the modern Momma! In a world where busyness seems to be taking over, it’s more important NOW than ever to create, imagine, and cultivate traditions that are meaningful for you and YOUR family!! Reflecting back on my own life, traditions around the holiday season, during the 4th of July, and other events always bring me back to my childhood. It’s amazing how the spirit of one’s family can be carried through generations with the simple act of traditions! Plus, it’s a major highlight for kids! The act of traditions gets passed down from generation to generation, so cultivating your own is not only FUN but also MEANINGFUL and IMPORTANT!

I know you are all dying to know (hehe :) ), so allow me to share a little reflection on my traditions (I’ll be sharing from Christmas time!)…. Growing up, we always had a big prime rib dinner on Christmas eve. We would go as a family to church for Christmas eve service then we’d all pile into the suburban and drive through local neighborhoods in awe of the bright Christmas lights and holiday cheer. After about 30 minutes, we’d venture over to my Grandparents house and enjoy a nice round of appetizers, family photos, THE big prime rib dinner, family time, and presents. Christmas morning was also special as we spent time as a family opening gifts, celebrating Jesus, and of course… waking up early to the smell of my Mom’s fresh, homemade, uber gooey cinnamon rolls. The Alaskan snowfall was always pure white, fluffy, and perfect for an afternoon down at the lake and an evening cozied in on the couch with the fireplace roaring.

You see, my family’s tradition for Christmas was something I looked forward to every year. In fact, this is the first year we aren’t doing this for Christmas (due to family moves, aging, and well… life) and I’ll admit, I am a little sad, but I am also exciting because now is a fresh, new chapter to create these memories with my family- Brian and Brody.. And our future children.

For Christmas, I’d like to carry on the tradition of….

  • Having a family advent countdown each year (and letting the kids pick em’!)

  • Elf on a Shelf!

  • Going to Church Christmas Eve

  • Enjoying family and celebrating the birth of Jesus over prime rib dinner

  • Opening 1 present Christmas Eve of course…. .with matching family pajamas ;)

  • SANTA :-)

  • Making homemade cinnamon rolls early Christmas Day and having the rich cinnamon smell wake my family up :)

  • Watch NBA basketball

  • Enjoy family time

  • Play in the snow

  • Enjoy Christmas Day  

Traditions can be made all throughout the year and if I shared allll my ideas with you, we’d be here until 2020. LOL ;)

Remember, traditions are such an important part of motherhood and childhood! Get creative with your kids this holiday season on what’s really important for your family and then DO IT! It will give your family something exciting to look forward to each year and for years to come :)

Other holidays and events that are GREAT for creating traditions include (of course you’re not limited here….. :) )

  • Easter

  • 4th of July

  • Labor Day Weekend

  • Birthdays

  • Thanksgiving

  • St. Patrick's Day

  • Valentines Day

  • Halloween

  • The list goes on!!!

So tell me, Mommas! Do you have any fun family traditions?? If so, what are they? Are you inspired to take action on creating even more traditions for your family? I hope so! Let me know in the comments below or over on Instagram!

Happy Tradition Creating!!
XOXO,
Jen