A Taste for Traditions

I’ve always been such a stickler for traditions and I actually get a little anxious about fitting them all in every year. Christmas has always been my favorite time of year thanks to all the amazing childhood memories my parents made for us. My favorite one- every year my dad would make up clues and hide them around the house so we’d go on a hunt for our last “big” present. One year it was skis, an easel, a dryer full of five dollar bills. Every time I think of it I start smiling remembering the wonder and awe of it all.

It’s still surreal to me that I am the parent, creating the traditions and excitement for my own children. I am the one who stays up late wrapping, explains over and over again how exciting Christmas morning will be, and even the one who helps them see the joy of giving to others. I thought Christmas was most exciting as a child but I was wrong. Being a parent at Christmas is way more fun!

Another childhood memory that I treasure was ย decorating Christmas cookies with our neighbor every year. Last year we made them with Emmy and she mostly wanted to eat the dough. We spent last Friday night decorating with the kids and this time Em loved it! Tuck went to bed after the cookies were in the oven so it was fun to get to focus on Emerson and show her the ropes. She is my creative and focused little smarty. She was so disappointed when the last cookie was finished and it was time to say goodnight. Every morning since, she asks first thing, “Can I have a Christmas cookie for breakfast!?” ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure by next year she’ll be an old pro!IMG_5639She was sneaking dough like it was the last she’d ever see..

This is the face of someone who covered her cookie with an ENTIRE shaker of sprinkles while mom wasn’t looking…IMG_5890-1

IMG_5640-0By the way- hoping Santa brings me a new lens for Christmas because I dropped mine and sadly, it broke. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย So wishing these holiday memories were clearer but these phone shots are the best I have for now.

Merry Christmas!

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