My Family’s Christmas Traditions

It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. Of course it’s fun with all of the decorations, holiday parties, and of course the shopping, but it’s the traditions that get me the most excited. Creating and enjoying holiday traditions with my family year after year is what makes me look forward to the holidays the most. Ever since having a child, the magic of Christmas has returned and this year she is starting to truly interact with the things and experiences around her. That’s why I am determined to establish traditions that she will grow to enjoy more and more each and every year.

Cutting down a Christmas tree: As a child I had a few Christmases where I recall having a real tree, but as I got older my parents thought it was less work to have a fake tree. And yes you know what they are absolutely right, however since I got married, Dave has been vehemently against fake trees. Now he isn’t as Christmas obsessed as I am so I agreed to continue this tradition…and I am so glad we did. Last year, Scarlett was only 8 months old so she really had no idea what was going on when we got our tree, however this year at 20 months she is much more aware. We went to Dzen Farms in South Windsor where they have such a wide variety of trees, plus real life reindeer, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus! She was in aw looking at all of the “tees” and meeting “totty” (for some reason that’s how she pronounces Santa.)



Christmas Cards: Ever since Dave and I started living together I have had us send out Christmas cards. None of those braggy “here’s what I have accomplished this year” type of letters. Just a nice photo and holiday wishes. This year I am in love with the photos we captured of our family. It embodies not only our happiness but Scarlett’s growing and loving personality. I cannot wait to see the changes and growth in the cards and my family in the years to come.


Baking: I’m not the best cook there is but I sure do love to bake. This is one of my favorite traditions this time of year (albeit I end up eating way more than I care to!) There are just certain recipes that I don’t make the whole year until Christmas comes around. Last year I wrote up a blog post that included my favorite Christmas baking recipes. Click here to check it out.


Watching Christmas movies! Christmas movies are so special because they bring back memories from past holidays, have lines that quote and laugh about throughout the year, and bring up such nostalgia. A few of my favorites to watch are  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Home Alone, and anything on the Hallmark channel! Below is a picture of Scarlett and I watching Rudolph!


These are only a few of my favorite Christmas time traditions. What traditions do you have for the holiday season? Share below in the comments!


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  • Reply Amira

    Aww this is a lovely post Amanda!! You have a wonderful family and great I never had a real tree because I have the worst allergies. So I’m always scared I’ll be allergic to go home everyday lol. They are beautiful tho!!!

    December 7, 2017 at 10:20 am
    • Reply Amanda Bray

      hey just use a scented candle to make it like a real tree 😉

      December 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Kelli

    These are such fun family traditions that Scarlett is sure to look forward to every year (even when she heads off to college one day)! You have such a beautiful family! I need to work on my holiday baking for sure!

    December 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply Amanda Bray

      thank you so much Kelli! Gosh I bet those days will be here before I know it. And omg me too but I’m afraid I will eat it all if I do it too early!!

      December 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Abby Darlington

    Amanda your daughter is the absolute cutest! Love that y’all cut down your own tree! So fun!

    December 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply Amanda Bray

      Thanks Abby! She’s all right! Can’t wait to see many pics of your little bundle of joy!

      December 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

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