How can it already be December and the last month of the year? This year has seriously flown by and I am not sure where the time has gone but the holidays are upon us and we are in full swing. I have to say that I am very much in the spirit this year. Last year we were still in construction mode on the house, so I didn’t really feel like decorating much but I am definitely making up for it this year. I plan on doing a home holiday tour later this week so stay tuned. One of my favorite things about Christmas are all the traditions we’ve formed over the past couple of years as a family. Christmas to me is really more about being with friends and family than shopping and giving presents(although I do love this as well). I wanted to share a few of our favorite family traditions with you and I’d love to hear your favorite ones as well.

We always start the first weekend right after Thanksgiving(no early decorating in this house), London writes her letter to Santa of all the items she’s wishing for and we start making Gingerbread houses that day as well. This was actually the first year she could write the whole letter by herself and did an amazing job. There’s nothing better than pajamas, coffee, and Christmas music all weekend.

I grew up going with my family to a local tree farm and cutting it down and we’ve carried on that tradition with London. She gets so excited to pick out the tree she wants and it’s so special being able to take her back to this same farm that I shared so many memories with my family.

My mom bought this elf for London last year and hence the Elf on The Shelf tradition started. Thankfully Nathan is in charge of this every night because I would forget to move her and she’d be in the same place every morning. Our ideas are pretty basic but Pinterest is an Elf lovers dream if you need some ideas. I don’t have the energy or time for all of that.

Our favorite popcorn store has Christmas tins every year filled with cheese, caramel, and cinnamon, so we go down every year and pick out a new tin to snack on over the month. This is a Kansas City tradition I know for lots of families.

For the past six years I have hosted a cookie exchange to kick off the Season(with the exception of last year). It’s always such a fun way to get everyone in the spirit. There’s nothing better than a ladies night with wine, great appetizers, and lots of cookies.