This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Holiday traditions are so fun. I love hearing about other peoples holiday traditions and seeing what I want to implement into ours, so I thought- why not share some of our favorite traditions that we do over at the Moehle home. Now some of these are ones that we took from when we were kids and some of them are ones that I have heard others doing and thought- that is so magical we are doing that now.
- Gingerbread houses
This was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. My family has a major sweet tooth so maybe it was the fact that we were creating crafts with candy but this is my favorite thing to do. We use to make houses out of graham crackers and icing but the last few years I have cheated and bought those gingerbread kits- best inventions ever. I do like to still buy a few candies that I am use to always using from childhood but those will save you a lot of money actually and a lot of time.
- Wrapping books under the tree
My mom loves to buy books- I never thought I would think you could have too many books but we are at that point. This year I wrapped 42 christmas books underneath our tree. You guys this is just books that are about christmas that we only pull out during this time. Anyways the tradition with this is to have 25 christmas books that you wrap and have under your tree, each night your child(ren) get to pick a present, open it, and read it together that night. We already read books to Olivia each night so this is a fun tradition for us. Not only does our tree look so cute the entire month having presents under the tree, but the girls get to unwrap presents all month long. Who wouldn’t love to do that. I also think this helps to reduce how much we feel like we need to give on christmas day because she has already unwrapped a lot of gifts all month. My mom actually asked me if I thought she would get sick of unwrapping a present- she hasn’t yet but in all honestly I hope she does a little bit so she doesn’t expect a ton on christmas day.
- Hot Chocolate & Christmas lights
I love lights and all the colors. It is so fun to me to go drive around and look at all the christmas lights. So many places have where you can drive through a park now and look at lights or neighborhoods have themes. We also have the Salt Lake Temple where they decorate Temple Square. It is gorgeous. So we choose a place to go, drive around or walk around and look at the lights, and than we come home and warm up with hot chocolate. Again my sweet teeth is calling me here but who doesn’t love to get some hot chocolate, some fresh baked cookies, grab a blanket, turn on christmas music, turn off the lights, turn on the christmas tree lights and snuggle up together while drinking hot cocoa. It seriously warms your soul.
- Santa Photos
We are lucky that we have a location here that allows parents to dress up like santa claus and take children’s photos that way. The first place I ever took Olivia I thought that was what we were doing- instead an employee dressed up and Olivia screamed the entire time and tried crawling away- I ended up loving the photos anyways but love the idea of my kid looking happy towards santa. The last 2 years I went to a place called FotoFly (Utah Locals) that if your child doesn’t warm up to the santa they have than you wear the costume. I have loved how these turned out- you should check out their site and look how adorable they are. We took ours today and Olivia thought it was so funny that I had big belly and a beard- she told me santa wouldn’t be too happy that I was wearing his stuff.
- Pancakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
This is a tradition that is from my family- again with the sweet tooth. Every major holiday this seems to be the breakfast we have and honestly I love it. My pancake might be more whipped cream than strawberries but thats ok. We have done this a couple of times at our home but my daughter wasn’t a fan of the whipped cream when she was younger plus I was the parent that it was ok for me to eat junk food but not her. Now that she is getting a little older this tradition will be brought back into our home.
- Each Person takes turns opening gifts
In our house we were all allowed to open the stockings whenever and together if we liked but the presents we had to take turns. My mom loves to write down what everyone got and from who so it was easier for her to do this when we took turns. In all honestly I loved it as a kid. I had the role of finding gifts for everyone in the family and passing them out. I loved seeing what everyone got and loved seeing the joy on their faces. As we have gotten older and had our own families this tradition has gotten a little lost. I remember one year all the grandkids just dug in- not only did it go by so much quicker, but I felt like the kids had a greedier heart. I hope that makes sense but I don’t feel like the appreciated what they truly got when they were just ripping open every gift like crazy. When you take turns the presents take up more time of the day and it slows down the child to truly notice what they got and appreciate it.
- Christmas Movies
I need to create a list of some of my favorite christmas movies as well- there are just so many but there is one that I watch every christmas eve. My brother and I started this tradition probably later in life because I don’t remember my other siblings joining in as much. Family of 5 over here and I am the baby. I remember the year as well- my brother and I were watching the grinch who stole christmas- the old cartoon one and my sister pulled out Christmas Vacation and told us we would enjoy it. We were obviously in our teenage years because my toddler isn’t going to enjoy this movie. I remember thinking it was the funniest movie I had ever seen and now I watch it every year. My first year at my in-laws they even bought it for me so that I could watch it. I don’t think my husband enjoys it as much as I do so I can’t wait for my kids to be older and join in with me.
- Homemade Carmels
Neighborhood gifts at our house were always homemade carmels. I love the smell of these carmels and often would join in baking these with my mom. We would make so many batches of these that I could start telling when they were ready not from the temperature but from the color of the carmels. Everyone loves my moms carmels and I will be honest they are amazing. I have only ever found 1 other place that can make them like my mom.
- Present from the North Pole
I went to this adorable Pinners class about making christmas more magical for children and one of the ideas was to have a gift come to the front door from Mrs. Claus. It would usually be items to bake a treat together and have it in a cute wrapped gift that is cold. She would wrap everything up and than place the present in the freezer so that it felt like it really came from the North Pole. I think that is the cutest idea ever and since my daughter loves to help bake I am going to start doing this.
- Good Acts of Kindness for Baby Jesus
When we were younger we had this wooden manger with a baby jesus swaddled. There was no hay in the manger and the goal was to give baby jesus a nice bed by the time Christmas came. Each week we would draw names in the family and that week we had to do little acts of kindness for that person. Each time we did this we could place a piece of straw in the manger. I loved doing this as a kid- I apparently was always a child that was concerned about others feelings. My aunt told me that as a young child I was always in tune with others emotions and was concerned if someone was down. So this activity hit my personality type right in the little heart and let me go wild. I would leave little notes under pillows with a treat saying how much I loved them. I would clean peoples room, anything I could think of. I wanted to make sure that baby had the best bed ever. A few years ago I saw a shop start promoting this idea again and I was thrilled they were bringing it back. Isn’t that what Christmas is about- is spreading good cheer.
Olivia has loved doing a lot of these things and we will continue to do others throughout the month. A lot of these activities require a child to be warm but also move around and be comfortable. That is one reason why I love OshKosh and their holiday line. We were able to buy so much clothes for such a great price. Olivia has been wearing them all month and we haven’t worn everything yet. I also love that so many of items look great together. I highly encourage you to head over and check them out. They have been having amazing sales since before black friday, so you are able to get ever more for a great price. You can get 20% off your order of $40 or more using code: In-store: 037264 and Online: OKBG3418 so head on over to find a store near you here and online here.
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