Okay, here’s a little secret about me: I’m kind of a hippie. So, our family doesn’t technically celebrate a traditional winter holiday. However, we love the season and the spirit of the holidays (especially the lights and the decorations) but we don’t do the gift-giving or santa visits, etc. We still decorate at home and we also came up with our own family traditions focused on giving back and spending time together. These are my favorite holiday traditions that any family can do, no matter your background!
1) a family vacation:
I’m all about memories over gift-giving, and obviously I love to travel, so every year for the holidays, we go somewhere extra special as a family. For Jimmy’s first “Christmas”, we went to Los Angeles — and now we live here! And last year, we used up all of Jeff’s hotel points to stay at the St. Regis New York. This year, we’re doing a road trip up the California coast and then for New Years, we’re headed somewhere extra special — that one is fancy, so we used up all of Jeff’s point again!
2) donating presents:
This one is all about Jimmy, and doing something meaningful for him. So, instead of spending money on getting Jimmy presents to open, we make a donation that helps kids in some way. We donate in Jimmy’s name and keep all of the records. When he’s older, I hope he’ll cherish all of those donations, knowing what a difference he’s made!
In past years, we made one-time donations to organizations that help at-risk children. This year, we tried something different and I think it’s going to stick! We joined LA’s adopt-a-family program and dropped off a bunch of toys and clothes to the most amazing family! The family was kind enough to invite us into their home and these kids were the sweetest kids I’d ever met. I can’t wait to do this again next year!
3) we wear matching outfits:
This one is our newest and most simple tradition. It’s silly, cheap, and so fun! We all have our matching PJs this year and we’re excited to wear them as publicly as possible for the next week or two. I think I might even get a second pair that we can wear year-round because Jimmy loves to match.
What are your favorite holiday traditions? Tell us in the comments!