holiday traditions

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holiday traditions

The Holidays are rich with traditions that vary from family to family.  What a better December share from the Clickin Moms photography forum members than showing their own unique Holiday traditions?!  Enjoy the different ways that members celebrate throughout the month!

members’ holiday traditions

“I’d have to say, my son’s favorite holiday tradition is our Elf on the Shelf, Pinocchio. He has already starting asking about when that mischievous elf is going to make a reappearance. We love it because it’s silly and it makes us all laugh. I post photos of Pinocchio’s adventures online so friends and family can get in on the fun!” – Kathleen ‘momtog_kat’

elf on the self holiday tradition

“We love just decking the halls!” – Danielle ‘danse’

decking the halls holiday tradition

“Traditionally, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the day our family decks the halls! As the kids get older they remember each and every decoration, studying each one as we bring it out! They spend all day setting up our little village under the tree. As soon as it gets dark, they light it up and admire it, moving around the little people and perfect their little scene! It’s so sweet!” – Jaime Sheridan ‘jsheridan’

decorating the christmas tree tradition

“My kids get to pick from the many Hanukkah Menorahs we have collected over the years to light each Hanukkah. Then they each get to take turns picking out the color of the candles and they also (now that they are older) get to light them by themselves. Then they each get 1 present each night.” – Jessica Nelson ‘JessicaN’

lighting the menorah

“Making a gingerbread house. My husband and I have made one every year since before we had kids. So, about a 6yr tradition going…” – Michelle ‘michellekphoto’

making a gingerbread house holiday tradition

“Ever since my son was born a whole three years ago, he gets a new set of Christmas pajamas. Here he is in his new set of the year!” – Lacey ‘reltubl’

new pajamas holiday tradition

“Our traditions aren’t very novel. But they are special to us. Here my 3.5 year old is helping his 1 year old sister learn about his favorite Christmas Tree ornaments. It made my mama heart happy.” – Natalie ‘mamatrack’

siblings decorating the christmas tree

“We have three especially meaningful traditions… one I explained about in my entry for the monthly contest. We buy a Nativity scene, pick a shut in who we think could use a little something to look forward to, and send them one piece of the nativity at a time. Included in the box is a story about how that particular character fits in the Christ Story, and the words to a Christmas carol. On Christmas Eve we bring the last piece, the baby Jesus, and deliver in person with all of us caroling at their door. This year we picked two people… one was a child on the kid’s swim team who has cancer, and the other was a man in our church who had cancer. Unfortunately, he died last week, so we are sending it to his widow.” – Carri Peterson ‘petersonclan’

nativity scene holiday tradition

“One of my favorite traditions is the Christmas ornaments. I’ve collected ornaments since I was in high school. I started purchasing ornaments for my children when they were born. Each year they get a new one. Hallmark if I have the money, less expensive ones if not. I generally get ornaments that ‘go’ with the child . . . ornaments with soccer balls for middle child, books for youngest, etc. Below is one of the first ornaments I purchased myself at age 17. I have a precious German wax ornament . . . it has bite marks where a small 3 year old thought it looked like a tasty snack. The ornaments aren’t worth a lot, but they’re priceless to me. Every year, as I decorate the tree, I remember the past, when my children were small and and filled with the wonder of Christmas.” – Leslie ‘busyme’

christmas ornament collecting

“Here is my annual Holiday Tradition….Christmas Cookie Baking with my BFF! This was our ninth straight year of baking. Would you believe that we did all of this baking in SEVEN HOURS? No kidding. We made seven different varieties of cookies: Cornflake Wreaths, Gingerbread Men, Jam cups, Macaroons, Sparkle Cookies, Peanut Butter Kisses, and Fruitcake Cookies. Our family and friends will eat well this Christmas!” – Holly ‘HollyGoodwin’

christmas cookie baking holiday tradition

“Does drinking wine in front of the pretty tree count as a tradition?” – Marla ‘marlathrall’

drinking wine in front of the tree

“More cookie baking here in boston. Every year we get together with my mom & dad ( affectionately known to the kids as gigi & poppy) and we make hundreds of Christmas cookies for friends, relatives and ourselves!
Here is a photo of my mom helping the kids top the cookies with kisses!” – Cara ‘carasoulia’

baking cookies with grandma holiday traditions

“I’m trying to start a new tradition with my kids (3 year old twins). I want to get a picture of a Christmas hug every year. The thing is I hardly ever get them smiling and looking in a picture so if I can get a good picture of them hugging then it is a great early Christmas gift for me.” – Carrie ‘twin_mom’

christmas hug holiday tradition

“One of my most favorite traditions growing up was to go to this neighborhood, that would go all out for Christmas lights/decor. We would all meet up in front of the neighborhood and pile into a car together often leaving the back of the minivan up so we could all fit and see the lights. Sometimes we’d even get a trailer with hay bales to sit on. We’d sing carols and wave at the residents and other on-lookers. Usually there is a line a mile long to get in. Each block has a theme and the themes have been the same for as long as I can remember and some of the decoration are the same too. It’s magical and I love that I can now share this with my children.” – Jennifer ‘JenniferDell’

looking at christmas lights

“This year we started what I hope will become a tradition in our house; we began a “25 Days of Christmas” plan on December 1st. I made a list of 25 activities to do – one per day – from December 1st through December 25th, and I put each activity on its own piece of paper in its own envelope for the kids to open every day. I numbered the envelopes and put one of their names on each to avoid fighting over who gets to open the envelope! The activities are everything from winter and Christmas crafts I’ve found on Pinterest to sending a care package to troops overseas to reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve. Since this was our first year doing this and since my kids are still fairly young, this year’s plan includes a lot of craft activities, but my hope is to add more and more activities of giving and kindness as they grow older and as we continue this tradition. This was Day 1 of our “25 Days”…making handprint Christmas tree canvases.” – Ashley ‘Ashley’

25 days of christmas

“Decorating the tree. Every year, each family member gets a new ornament on Christmas Eve, and so as we decorate the tree, we are always trying to remember which ornament is from which year…usually they have a significance to that particular year. My husband and I still have our own ornaments from childhood too.” – Heather ‘hmeyer626’

decorating the tree for christmas

“We, too, do the gingerbread house thing. Every year I curse those blasted houses! How is icing going to hold up an entire house?! The girls love it though and the houses are a total mess by the end.” – Melissa ‘Melissa’

gingerbread house decorating

“My absolute favorite tradition is hunting for THE PERFECT Christmas tree. My parents and I have been taking the journey out into the fields of trees since I was just a tiny tot. My husband and I continued the tradition with my parents when we got married, and now bring our girls along. And we must find TWO, so it’s double the fun. Our oldest went out on her first tree hunt at only 5 weeks old! It’s my favorite day, and I was so joyful this year when my oldest daughter clearly had memories of doing it the previous year. Now they will be memories for another generation’s lifetime. Here are my girls with my mom this year…” – Karen ‘KarenL’

finding the perfect christmas tree

“Rolling out sugar cookies and decorating them is a favorite family tradition during the Christmas season. We usually make hundreds of them to share with our friends and neighbors. This year was the first year my daughter was really able to participate and get excited about making cookies for her friends. I love her excitement and pride in this photo!” – Holly ‘delona’

sugar cookie holiday tradition

“One of our favorite holiday traditions each year is to get dressed up and head to downtown Seattle for a fun family day. We take time to visit with Santa, ride the carousel, go out to a nice lunch and really enjoy the downtown holiday vibe with just the four of us.” – Davina ‘dgruenstein’

seattle holiday traditions

“There is something magic about watching your child, being held tight by her Daddy, throw bran flakes out into the yard on Christmas Eve, as a way to attract Santa and his reindeer to our house.” – Lauren ‘lsanderson105’

throwing bran flakes to attract reindeer

“We have a couple traditions but by far my kids favorite is our advent calendar. I made this a couple years ago out of matchboxes, inside each one is an activity for the day, such as read a Christmas story, drive around and look at lights, enjoy some hot chocolate and my kids absolute favorite is stay up 10 minutes later.  Another tradition that my girls look forward to every year is their annual video message from Santa. We just started this one a couple years ago as well. Although my 8 year old just realized today that the messages are exactly the same with just the name changed lol.” – Jessica ‘jessaphb’

advent calendar and talking to santa

Thank you to everyone who shared a photo and story about your traditions!  Now tell us, what is your favorite family tradition during the Holidays?


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  1. Full Feather Photography Dec 24 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Over the river and through the woods, to Old Baker School we go!

    For a little over 10 years, my family has traveled from far & wide to celebrate Christmas in a very unique way…at a historic schoolhouse tucked away in the hills of Jefferson County, Missouri.

    Read more about our tradition at:

  2. Melissa Dec 24 2012 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    These are such fun traditions! I hope to snag one to start next year. :giggle I love the idea of choosing a shut-in to bless. 🙂 Beautiful images from everyone! Thanks for including mine. 🙂

  3. jennifer Dec 24 2012 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    These are all such wonderful traditions!!! I loved reading and seeing what everyone does to celebrate the Holidays! Thank you for including my photo/tradition too! <3

  4. Holly Dec 24 2012 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I love reading about all these traditions – so sweet and so heart-warming! I’m so honored to be included among them, more than words can say. Thank you, thank you, thank you – and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  5. Leslie L Dec 24 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I love these! It’s so interesting to read about other’s traditions! Thank you for including mine!

  6. Jenny Dec 24 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    LOVE!! It’s great reading about everyone elses traditions and the photos are so beautiful and sentimental. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

  7. Deidre Dec 24 2012 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we use a flannel backed plastic table cloth and have sharpies at the table. Everyone writes what they are thankful for or anything special they would like to record with the current year dated after their comment. We use the same table cloth for several years (one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas) until there is no space left and then start another. As soon as the table cloth is laid out, everyone is at the table reading the previous years comments and starting to write. Its wonderful to see how excited the kids get and also to see how their comments and writing has “grown” over the years.

    • Clickin Moms Dec 25 2012 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      What a fun tradition Deidre! Do you do anything special with the old tablecloths once there’s no room?

  8. Katrina Stewart Dec 26 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous images and great to haer about everyone else’s traditions.

  9. Carrie Dec 28 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    So many great holiday traditions. I love reading and seeing all of them!! Thank you so much for including my family’s tradition as well.

  10. Kristin D Dec 29 2012 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Looking through these just brought the biggest smile to my face! Wonderful images ladies!

  11. Mara Vaughan Dec 29 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, these images and traditions are so heartwarming!

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