when i was younger our family had a couple of winter/ christmas traditions. every year we would go into the forest and pick out a tree. my dad would saw down the tree that my brothers and i chose and we would pull it on a sled trudging through the snow back home. we also lived on 5o+ acres in the middle of nowhere surrounded by mountains and the trees were plentiful. another tradition was my dad hooking up a sled to the back of a 4×4 with a long rope and driving through a snow covered mountain road pulling me and my brothers on a long rickety sled while we clung to one another shrieking in exhileration and or sheer terror. the wood stove was always burning, we drank a lot of hot chocolate with marshmallows and the average snow fall was around 3 feet deep which also meant getting snowed in.
most of those traditions won’t be happening around here. for one we’re city slickers. and i don’t think i’ll ever hook up my kids to the back of a truck. or let them skate on a frozen pond. the thought terrifies me. maybe I’ve seen too many movies with the ice cracking and kids falling through. no thank you.
so we’ve settled on making our own family traditions that work for us. i love getting out of the city to find a tree but the one time jamie sawed a tree down from the forest he was so terrified by the thought of being caught he rushed it and cut his poor finger. (his hands are quite precious to him as they are livelihood). so we go to a christmas tree farm, its safer that way. it’s also a good way to spend some extra family time together while getting outside.
here’s a few of the things i like to do every year around christmas:
- go to the christmas tree farm and find a tree to decorate. you can check out some diy ornaments here
- build a gingerbread house
- drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
- attend numerous dinners and potlucks (so far we’ve been to 8 this month!)
- decorate the house with pretty star garland
- build a snowman or snowcat (if there’s snow). if jamie’s feeling ambitious he likes to build igloos (i stand watch if anyone goes in prepared to dig them out if necessary)
- watch christmas movies with popcorn
- opening our advent calendars every morning
- relax and not stress. it’s only christmas
and then there was the year we went away for christmas. i found the holidays stressful while i was pregnant because i found pretty much everything stressful during that time. you can check out that trip here. we managed to stick to almost all of our traditions that year too.
here are some pictures of our annual visit the christmas tree farm this year:^^^guiltily eating the grass he had been told not to^^^this was ayas favourite tree on the farm and the one she wanted to take home