Christmas Traditions


Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of the year. My family has always made a very big deal out of Christmas. And not just about getting gifts, but about being together during the holiday season. Our whole house would be decorated inside and out and I absolutely loved it.


Growing up, from the ages of 4 to 12 ish, it wasn’t Christmas unless we were in Michigan. We had a house in Michigan that we would spend almost every weekend at in the winter. We would go snowmobiling and sledding and just be with family and have the best of times. Some of my best memories are from Christmas time in Michigan.


We we stopped going to Michigan as much, my grandparents would come down to us every other year or so. When I was in high school, we had the chance to go to Walt Disney World for Christmas. That was amazing and that became a new kind of tradition for us. We have spent three Christmases there since. Even though that doesn’t seem like much, it seems like we should always be at Disney for Christmas. It is such a magical place to be at anytime of the year, and Christmas is simply perfect there.

When we are home for Christmas, as we have been for the past couple of years, we get together at my parents house and open presents together. As my brother and I both have two separate families to visit, we typically meet at my mom’s in mid morning and hang out until early afternoon.


This year, Jake and I are spending Christmas Eve night with his mom’s side of the family after we go to church. We will spend Christmas morning together at home and then go on to my parents. We will have Christmas dinner with his family at his parents house.


Hope you all have a lovely holiday filled with family and good times!

Gingerbread House Competition

This has become one of my favorite traditions that my family started a few years ago. All of us girls, friends and family, get together and decorate gingerbread houses. We try to have an impartial judge to name the winner in the end. This year it was my brother. So while we were all decorating, Pat was upstairs.


This year we had six different houses and nine people decorating. Plus we had three kiddos running around, well one is too little to run but he sure looked cute all day!

Here are some pics of the decorating fun!

Here are the final results. Pat picked Alysha’s wonky lighthouse to win… We thought he was joking but that’s Pat!



After decorating, we all exchanged the delicious cookies that we had prepared.