Growing up in a family rich with holiday traditions, I knew I couldn’t wait to add them into my own home as well as adding some new ones. I love traditions, in fact you could say I am a stickler for them, and I hope that when my children are my age they will be able to say,
“We did ______ every year.
Mom made this dish every Christmas morning.
We never missed _______.”
Below is a list of our old and new Christmas traditions we have meshed together for our own little family. I hope these inspire you to create your own list!
The Morrison Family Christmas Traditions
Cut down a tree the day after Thanksgiving
Listen to the Phil Wickham’s Songs for Christmas Album (SO DANG GOOD!) while dressing the tree, followed by the inaugural viewing of Christmas Vacation
A new ornament for everybody in the family each year
Pick out special wrapping paper for your own gifts to be wrapped in (Paul and I do this- I chose a pink and rose gold one this year!)
Secret wrapping paper for the kids- My mom did this all growing up and it’s so fun. You don’t put tags on the gifts for the kids, and the they are left guessing which wrapping paper is theirs all month long!
Christmas family photos for our card
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Christmas Pops Concert– Paul and I have gone every year for the last 6 years with his family! It’s such a fun tradition, and it really kicks off the season for us.
Drive around Deer Park for Christmas Lights- If you’re DFW local, this neighborhood is AMAZING for lights. Grab a cocoa or cider on the way in, and sip it while you drive around and listen to Christmas music. (You could use our family playlist!)
North Park Mall + Santa Photo followed by Highland Park Christmas Lights
Christmas Eve EVE Pajama Party- This one is new and I cannot wait to implement it. Rather than the traditional Christmas PJ exchange on Christmas Eve, I want to do a sleepover on the living room floor with our kid(s) and new jammies. Christmas movies, cocoa, apple cider, and junk food. Baking Santa’s cookies together while munching on a few ourselves.
Christmas Eve Candle Light Service- This one looks different now than it did for me as a kid since Paul and I are on staff for our church, but it’s still so special. There’s nothing like a candlelight Christmas Eve service, and the excitement as a child you have as you sit through service knowing what is about to happen that night and the next morning. Please, if you don’t have somewhere to worship this Christmas, I personally invite you to Anchor Church for our Christmas Services! We have a bunch of times to pick from, and I would love to see you there!
Kids sleep in the same room together on Christmas Eve (This obviously will be added in as Knox gets older and has siblings… which, nobody freak out, isn’t happening any time soon. WE ARE NOT PREGNANT! lol)
Mom’s Lasagna Dinner on the special china for Christmas Eve
Christmas morning Baked French Toast Casserole and Mom’s Sausage and Egg casserole (I will be sharing this recipe soon!)