Well, we don’t have a lot of Christmas traditions at the Dunbar household quite yet. We are usually traveling to and from my family in PA to Reid’s family in Texas. So I am thinking next year we may have to stay home and have everyone come to us. Then we can have start having some legitimate holiday traditions.
One thing Reid and I have done since we were dating is to give each other an ornament that signified something we did that year. One year we went on a sailing trip in Australia and so he got a sailboat themed ornament. Hopefully, this way we will have a tree full of ornaments one day that we can then reminisce about our more adventurous days. Oh, and we always put the date on it somewhere so when we get old (like now ☺) we can remember when we were doing all these fun things. We also do this for the boys.
This year, thanks to Ashley’s suggestion, we actually went out and did the choose and cut your tree. We drove to Vale, NC and it was a nice little trip to the tree farm. It was only about an hour and fifteen minutes. The only problem was that there weren’t any of your traditional Christmas trees left. The people there were as nice as could be though. It was probably more our fault since we went a bit late. So our tree is a little bit Charlie Brown and none of my heavier ornaments will stay on there. Oh well, the boys loved going with Daddy to go cut down a tree! So we’ll have to see if this will become a family tradition.
Other than that we just hang out with our families and listen to Christmas music. My family always does a big Christmas Eve party and everyone gets to open one gift that evening. We usually eat big, drink lots and be merry! No seriously, we are so fortunate this year to have family nearby that will make traveling much less stressful. Reid and I also like to make some mean cappuccinos for us on Christmas morning in our Christmas cappuccino bowls.
Previously, the boys have been a little too young to do a lot but this year has been so much fun. We have taken them to see lights and drive around singing Christmas music. We saw the live Nativity at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church which is a must-do every year from now on. We will see the Bears this week. We did see Santa at Black Lion on Saturday which will definitely be a must do every year – way better than a mall santa. They really did a fabulous job. We plan to go to McAdenville and that will probably be about it for us this year. We would love to hear about your family traditions. Happy Holidays!