As much as I love standing out and having piercings and tattoos,and just being a little out of the norm of the cookie cutter mom.
I am so into traditions. I love that my family has given me some great Christmas traditions that I still do every year for Christmas. I also am so grateful for Joey’s family who have fun and awesome traditions that we have now started to add into our family’s life. I want to talk about how you merge both families traditions into your families traditions! So lets start with some of
Joey’s family Christmas Traditions:
- Making personalized ornaments with photos,or with just writing there name.
- Making sugar cookies, using Christmas cookie cutters and decorating them, (of course Joey’s mom said “some had 2lbs of colored sugar and cherries on them, but we just let them have fun”)
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
- The kids were told that there parents gave Santa the money for the gifts (so Santa doesn’t get all the glory)
- The stocking was the one gift solely from Santa
- Christmas Eve they would go to church
- Christmas eve would also be spent with the rest of the family (aunts, cousins, grandparents) having a meal and handing out gifts to each other
- They would leave a plate of cookies out for Santa, and Santa would leave cotton in the empty plate of cookies (the kids thought it was Santa’s beard, as Joey and his siblings got older they thought it was hilarious because why is Santa loosing his beard?!!)
- Joey and his brother and Sister would also buy their parents or even each other gifts at there school store, to give each other on Christmas
My Family Traditions:
- If you saw my last post you would know my family’s biggest tradition was the yearly visit to Disney World.
- My grandparents are chefs, so growing up they would always make us Fritala, Its basically bread made from potato and fried. As they got older it started to become a tradition my mom and my siblings would make together.
- 5 lbs Flour
- 4 peeled potatoes
- 2 packets of yeast
- salt to taste
Chop and boil potatoes,until they are done. Mash potatoes. Mix potatoes with your flour,once mixed well create a middle hole in the middle of what should be dough. Follow yeast packets directions. Then add the yeast into the hole you made and fold into dough, Knead until it is fully mixed. let rise, then re-knead and rise again. Afterward tear apart small pieces, flatten with your hand, and sprinkle salt. Fry to your liking.
- We were the family that couldn’t wait to open gifts. So on Christmas Eve were allowed to open one gift. (these were usually from aunts and uncles) Obviously Santa didn’t come yet.
- When we were younger we made a lot of our ornaments, but as we got older, my family started buying Disney ornaments. So every year we would pick out our own ornament and then get our name and the year written on it. Once we were out of the house my mom gave us each all of our ornaments so we would have something to start with on our own trees.
- My mom being a big baker, always had us making all kinds of Christmas cookies, yes we were that family that always sent cookies in the Christmas tins.
When merging two fun family Christmas traditions into one, it can be tricky. For our new little family we are just starting to set up traditions for Jojo. He’s at an age right now that honestly he doesn’t even know its Christmas. (and yes His dad likes to remind me all the time, he won’t remember that we didn’t buy him a stocking yet ect..) Like I said before I love traditions so even though Jojo is only one I think its good he starts some strong traditions (Most of these do not pertain to Santa as of yet, but I can’t wait for that time to come) So here is what we have started for Jojo thus far!
- Disney at Christmas with his cousins
- A yearly ornament (does not have to be Disney, I love Target’s ornament section every year!!)
- Baking sugar cookies(as of right now he is only good to eat the cookie, and sometimes throwing them)
- Going to look at Christmas lights (right now we need to go places we can stroller/ergo him, but future I hope we can find some fun neighborhoods to drive through)
- Visiting his Grandparents on Christmas day with some of his Aunt/Uncles and Cousins
- Eating(one day baking) a Santa belt Pizza for Christmas Eve Eve.
It’s a small list of traditions so far, but once Jojo understands who Santa is I can’t wait to start leaving cotton balls on his cookie plate, and maybe even some Santa boot prints left behind. We also plan on telling Jojo that we give Santa Money for some of the gifts, I do think we will tell him that Santa does give One big gift and the stocking.
I’m sure I will add more as I learn and grow and see what works for Jojo and our family as it grows.
And With That Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!