Christmas Time Traditions

As a young family Martina and I are trying to start some holiday traditions of our own. There are some that we already have like visiting Temple Square in Salt Lake City, picking out new ornaments, buying DVDs during Black Friday, sending out Christmas cards, listening/singing Christmas Carols, and opening one gift on Christmas eve.

However, this year we’re going to try and start some new ones (I love the irony of ‘new traditions’). So here are some of our proposed efforts:

12 Days of Christmas Cookies (we plan on making 12 batches of cookies and giving them to 12 different families – maybe you’ll be a lucky recipient of one)

12 Movies of Christmas

  1. Polar Express
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  4. Frosty the Snowman
  5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  6. Elf
  7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  8. The Little Drummer Boy
  9. It’s a Wonderful Life
  10. White Christmas
  11. A Christmas Story
  12. The Nativity

Christmas Foods: coxinhas, rabanada, pastel de nata, and English scones.

Spiritual Christmas: Because the season is all about the Savior we thought it only appropriate that we find ways to remember Him as well, so we found a reading list and an advent calendar that we’re going to try. Additionally, we’re looking for some opportunities to serve others. Of all our growing traditions I think these are the most significant and will really keep our minds and hearts centered around the true meaning of Christmas.

I hope that each of you have some great Christmas traditions and that they bring you closer to your family and to the Savior – feel free to share them in the comment box below. Merry Christmas my fellow adventurers!

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