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: