It truly is my favorite time of year! I know, I know. You thought fall was my favorite. In reality, I just LOVE the Christmas season and all it represents.
Full of the holiday spirit, I wanted to share some of my favorite Christmas traditions and turn them into a bucket list! Share your favorite traditions with me!
Decorate a Christmas tree! Or maybe decorate more than one. Some trees are themed and some full of homemade ornaments. Which one is more your style?
Read through an advent study. Let's not forget the true meaning of this season. Advent is the celebration of Jesus coming into this world and the anticipation of His return. There are numerous Advent studies out there: through the Bible app, She/He Reads Truth, etc. I personally am doing the study with Southeast Christian Church.
Watch Christmas movies! A few of my favorites are: The Santa Clause, Elf, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story. (Stay tuned for a Christmas movie checklist)
Check out Christmas lights in your area. What better way to see your town than driving around and look at Christmas lights?!
Decorate Christmas cookies or a gingerbread house. Or hey, do both! I love a good sugar cookie decorating party, but I'm not great at it. Gingerbread houses can be found for $10 or less at Walmart, Kroger, Target, etc. Kroger even has a variety of houses/vehicles to decorate.
Send out a Christmas card. What better way to connect with friends and family like the good ole days by sending out a Christmas card? PS Walgreens has cards on sale 60% off through December 5th!
Go ice skating or play in the snow. Taylor and I love ice skating every year, but aren't sure if we'll be able to for 2020 due to COVID. I also LOVE the snow as I didn't get a lot in Georgia growing up. Any time there's a few flakes, I enjoy going outside to play.
Read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve. Matthew 1-2 and Luke 2.
There are a few specific traditions Taylor or I had growing up that we're excited to continue with our family one day: Watch the Grinch (cartoon version) on Christmas Eve, read the Christmas story and Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve, get Christmas pj's, eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning, go on a Christmas eve run looking at lights, and candlelight service.
While this year we may be celebrating differently, we can still find ways to carry out our traditions. Take this holiday season to be grateful for all that we have, appreciating the grace and blessings God has given us. I encourage you to take some time and remember why we pause and celebrate this season.