Holiday traditions: Is it a yea or nay?

Holiday traditions: Is it a yea or nay?

The presents are purchased and wrapped; St. Nicholas came December 6th; the Christmas tree is decorated, and I have been lighting my advent wreath and counting down the days until Christmas. Then last night, we went to see the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, and tomorrow we are going to bake cookies. This made me realize how important and meaningful holiday traditions are. Some of my traditions are new, some are old, and some have come back over the years, but they each bring me such joy that I am smiling as I write this post. Here are some that I do or have done over the years:

  • Decorating the tree
  • Wearing Santa Hats
  • Celebrating St. Nicholas Day
  • Visiting Santa
  • Taking a family picture
  • Filling stockings
  • Baking cookies
  • Walking through or driving through holiday Light shows
  • Doing Christmas Rounds or visiting family members house
  • Counting down to Christmas calendars
  • Decorating gingerbread people cookies
  • Lighting an Advent Wreath each Sunday
  • Attending Midnight Mass

One of my favorite things that I will do when I become a grandma is decorating cookies. Each year that we did it, seem to reflect where I was in life and what I was interested in. Here are three of my favorite cookies I did.

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Some of these traditions bring a little sadness too because not all of my loved ones are still here with me, but I am still so grateful to have the memories. Do you celebrate any of these or are there different traditions that you keep?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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