Family Traditions for the Holidays

by Kortney Campbell on December 27, 2013

IMG_1378 Holiday traditions are always so interesting to me. While many are celebrating the same exact holiday, the way it’s celebrated varies so much. Since Judah was just 2 months old last December, we didn’t do anything too crazy. Since he’s 14 months now, this Christmas we were able to establish some new traditions that I’m so excited about.

Having a kid at Christmas is even more fun than BEING a kid at Christmas!

Since the rest of our family isn’t vegan, we typically spend the holidays cooking our own full-course meal then lugging it to other people’s houses. While this wasn’t too bad a few years ago, it gets much more stressful when kids are involved (especially one that HATES his carseat) and can easily suck the fun and relaxation out of the day.

This year, we decided to have family and friends over on Christmas Ever for dinner and a bon fire in our backyard then stayed up late to clean the house up and play Santa. On Christmas morning, we woke up to Judah excitedly pointing out his presents and squealing, had vegan biscuits and gravy (+ mimosas, of course) for brunch then spent the whole day lounging around the house. I didn’t change out of my night clothes all day and we warmed up leftover for dinner and lit anther fire out back.

It was the most laid back Christmas Day I have ever had and certainly my favorite. I loved getting to enjoy the small things rather than spending the entire day cooking, cleaning and traveling. John’s sister also informed us that she is planning on going vegan in 2014 which was the most amazing present ever!

What are some of your family’s holiday traditions? When did you establish them?

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas and what we ate can be found at the bottom:

photo 3 photo 4 photo 2 photo 1 Judah-John Judah-Christmas John Christmas IMG_1526 IMG_1523 IMG_1511 IMG_1484 IMG_1470 IMG_1463 IMG_1434 IMG_1414 IMG_1405 IMG_1395 IMG_1394 IMG_1387 champagne where you can find it: Waldorf animals | Wagon | Embroidered Elf Ornament | Water Dispenser | Baby Dyson | Firepit

what we ate: Field Roast | mac-n-cheese | mashed potatoes + gravy | maple soy brussles sprouts | caramel apple pie | raw brownies | cranberry tangerine yams

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Liesa December 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Just wondering what you served for your gathering on Christmas eve? Do you stick to all vegan when trying to make everyone happy?


    Kortney Campbell December 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Liesa! I put a little “what we ate” section at the very bottom of the post and shared a holiday recipe round-up here: We only cook vegan in our home. However, our family is always welcome to bring their own non-vegan food with them if they choose. We’ve found that this is what works best for us and more often than not, the non-vegans ask to take home our vegan leftovers! haha


    Courtney Kokus December 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    We had Christmas Eve dinner at my house too! It was a bit stressful but fun. My favorite tradition is morning breakfast burritos and mimosas while slowly opening gifts and watching A Christmas Story over and over! Merry Christmas!


    Kortney Campbell December 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    That sounds perfect! Merry Christmas!


    Deanna Pace December 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! Love all the pictures. I love the jars with the lemons and cranberrys, so pretty! Very happy you were able to have fun and make new memories and traditions!


    Deanna Pace December 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I want to try the tangerine cranberry yams,yummy.


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