ten traditions to start this holiday season with little kids.


Happy December friends, I can't believe we are already here. I wont lie to y'all, as much as I love the holidays I tend to find myself feeling pretty stressed this time of year. Like most families this year our family is taking a more minimalistic approach to gifts for Lilly and Piper. Taking a more simple approach has taken so much pressure off of both Austin and I and is really making us more mindful about how we spend this season. While shopping for holiday dresses at Studio Tea this year I started thinking about ways we can continue to create fun traditions with lasting memories but also teach the girls the importance of giving. Here are a few of our existing family traditions and new ones we will be incorporating this year.
ONE: Baking cookies is a popular family tradition this time of year, but last year we decided to bake cookies not only for ourselves but also for our neighbors. The girls love getting their hands dirty and baking the cookies, but I actually think they loved walking around the neighborhood giving them away even more.
TWO: Instead of spending tons of money on the perfect holiday card to send to friends and family take advantage of your little artists and make your own. I can promise you Grandma and Grandpa would rather hold onto something that was made special just for them.
THREE: Cutting down your own tree has always been one of my favorite traditions this time of year but with Austin's deployment schedule this year was the first Christmas since before we had children we were able to go out get a real one. This mama may have shed a tear or two on the Christmas Tree Farm.
FOUR: This year we will also be starting a new tradition to really show the girls the importance of giving. Taking the pressure off giving Lilly and Piper so much has given us the idea to take some of our freed up energy and resources and give to other children. The girls will be picking a child in need and buy them some items from their wish list.
FIVE: Last year we took the girls on a Polar Express themed train ride and I don't even think I can adequately put into words just how special that night was. Whether it be zoo lights, a train ride, or some other event I truly think there is something so magical about taking a holiday themed adventure with just your family.
SIX: Picking out festive pajamas or outfits for the holidays is also a fun tradition when you have little ones. This year the girls are wearing these adorable dresses and these socks from the Studio Tea. Their adorable clothing is not only fun for your own littles this time of year, they also make great gifts.
SEVEN: This year Austin and I started our own tradition of making the girls Advent calendar on our own. Every day the girls will have a new bag with a little surprise we picked out for them. I love the we were able to personalize it to their personality and I hope when they are adults they look back and smile knowing the effort their mom and dad put into making December a special month for them.
EIGHT: A fun easy weeknight activity to do as a family is making gingerbread house's. It can be as simple as picking up a kit from the store, or you can go all out and make yours from scratch. I mean lets be honest, I have no idea how that works but what else do we have Pinterest for? Am I right?

NINE: Because it gets dark in the middle of the day here in the Pacific North West we love to take the girls driving around on Christmas Eve to look at Christmas lights while we wait for the holiday festivities to start at my moms. Austin and I have done this since before we had kids, and every year as the girls get older and can see better it becomes more and more fun. We usually add a cup of hot chocolate and a little snack to make it extra special.
TEN: I also try and make a special meal every year for Christmas day. Honestly I haven't found the perfect one to commit to our family traditions so if you have any quick easy breakfast ideas please send them my way. But to the point, food carries such special memories and is one of the easiest ways to create a tradition.
Thank you Studio Tea for sending some adorable outfits for Lilly and Piper to create memories in this season. From decorating the tree, visiting Santa, and baking cookies their dresses from Studio Tea are a huge part of this holiday season.

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