On the Eighth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
I love talking about traditions that my family has created over the years! We would do the usual like baking cookies, decorating the tree together, making gingerbread houses, caroling, and doing an advent calendar. I’m going to talk about some other traditions that are personalized to our family.
Before Elf on the Shelf was a thing, my family would hang socks over our window starting on the 15 of December. It was the most exciting thing because every morning we would wake up to a piece of Christmas candy in the sock! It was a German tradition that my Dad carried over to us where you would get a little treat every day starting 10 days before Christmas.
It was never specified, but in my mind it was Santa’s elf delivering that small piece of candy every night. This all lead up to the big day where our stockings would be filled with gifts on Christmas morning.
This was my absolute favorite thing to do starting on Dec 1. We would make it a project right after Thanksgiving so we would be set up to start on the 1st. All different colors of construction paper would be cut into 1 inch vertical strips. They would then be stapled together in order to form a long chain of 24 loops, which would then be attached to a cardboard star covered in tin foil. Every night all five kids and my parents would gather around, do our advent calendar, say a prayer and then say this:
Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star
Show me how many days there are
Every night as I go to bed
I’ll take off a loop after prayers are said
When only you are left to shine
I’ll be so glad Jesus came to be mineThe song came from our local Christian Pre-School – Christ the King.
It was so exciting to take off our loop every night that as we got older, it turned into a race. Who could run the fastest to their room from the living room, take off a loop, and deliver it into the shoebox under the tree?? This will be a tradition that I will definitely carry on with my own children someday.
Mary and Joseph
My parents would take the little Mary and Joseph from the Nativity under the tree and have us move them from window to window throughout the house. This represented them traveling to Bethlehem. And then on Christmas morning, we would place baby Jesus into the stable since it was his birth. It was fun to move them around the house, but it also reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas.
I’d love to know what some of your traditions are!
We’ve started creating new traditions with our little ones and it makes me so nostalgic. For the past two years, we’ve done a special day of decorating cookies with all the nieces and nephews and at the end, a special reading of My First Christmas Story. It makes the season so special creating those amazing memories for the children that we experienced as kids. Enjoy some photos from my childhood!