The traditions you set for your kids are so important. I remember growing up with tons and tons of presents under my tree. I couldn't open them fast enough. I didn't even acknowledge what I was opening I just wanted "more". Almost all of the kids I see who open presents, no matter the occasion are the same way. Part of that is being a kid, part of that is what we instill in them at such a young age. Our culture anymore is to buy our love with gifts. It took me way too long to understand that happiness is not "things". I still have to convince myself that. I always thought that the next thing I bought would make me happy. It still hasn't happened yet. I want more for my son. I wish for him to want experiences instead of material things. I want better for him, as a parent that's what we do.
The first tradition I already set for Fletcher. (My excitement may have started it a bit too soon but I just couldn't help it). I set up a tree just for him in his play room. I decorated it with fun animals that he will enjoy for the next few years. As he gets older I want this to be something we do together. Something for him that he can remember when he is older. We can decorate his tree and sit around it as we play with toys, read books, make crafts etc. When you're little those lights can add magic to your whole world.
animal ornaments // stocking
The second tradition I want to set for my son is the "4 Gift Rule". Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. I'm sure a lot of you have heard of this tradition and I couldn't love it more. To me, it's almost always quality over quantity. I'd much rather have a few things that cost more and hold up than a bunch of things that won't last or get used. It's so easy to get consumed in the buying over the holidays but you don't have to be apart of it. It's been proven that kids who get less toys have more creativity and will actually use what they have.
My third and fourth traditions are sweet and simple. I have a stocking for Fletcher and I plan to fill it with things that are still practical but fun as well. This year because he's so young i'll probably do a wooden teether and a small toy. In the future I plan to put a gift card for somewhere he likes to go such as the movies (when he's old to enough to understand of course), socks, and maybe a healthy-ish treat. The fourth tradition my husband started after we got engaged. We give each other an ornament on Christmas Eve. It makes for a small but sentimental gift to one another. For example last year my husband got me a beautiful gold pineapple. Pineapples are a symbol for good luck in the infertility community and it was super thoughtful of him. Little did we know the next day I would find out I was pregnant.
As time goes on i'm sure we will develop new traditions but for now these are the ones we will have together as a family. Spending time with our friends and families is most important during this time of year. What traditions are your favorites? I'd love to hear what they are!
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you all have a great weekend and i'll be back next Friday!