November 28th, 2011 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
Thanksgiving has come and gone. We celebrated a month of Thanks, learned all about pilgrims, native americans and other long-standing traditions, and celebrated the big turkey dinner with our family. In my family the tradition isn’t to go shopping on Black Friday like Audrey, but the official start to the holiday season. We spend the weekend putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, turning the lights on outside and creating memories.
This weekend we attended a Polar Express Event. It was magical. We got to hear a reading of the story, drink Hot Chocolate delivered by dancers, ride the train and see Santa Claus. Truly an amazing memory of our family.
That is the most important part of the holiday season for us. It is about creating memories to highlight your families traditions. One of my favorite things is our “Tour of Lights.” My husband and I have done this since we were dating. One night during the month of December we all get in the car and drive around the city looking at the lights on houses. We have snacks and hot chocolate while we travel talking about our favorite houses along the way, while the radio blasts with Christmas songs. After years of doing this we learn the “good” neighborhoods and houses to visit and sometimes still even discover some new ones.
That’s the best part of the holidays – You don’t always have to spend a lot to create memories. Does your town have a parade? Does Santa come to the mall and let you snap your own picture? Do you bake cookies as a family one day or decorate a gingerbread house? As my boys get older some of my traditions need to be “tweaked” but many of the simpler things are the ones we look forward to the most!
What memories will you be creating this holiday season?
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.