Creating our own family Christmas traditions has been a goal for us even before we started our family. Holiday traditions become very special because of the memories linked to them. We loved our family traditions that we had growing up. But, we were also excited to create our own as a young family with what would work for us.
My husband Albert and I are from two different worlds. The saying ‘opposites attract’ is 100% true in our case. He is the salt and I am the pepper. I am the yin and he is the yang. Get, the drift? So, creating Christmas traditions to embrace our uniqueness and identify us as a new family unit was very important.
Albert is a laid back easy going mid-western boy from Iowa (he is from a family of 9) and I am a passionate excitable first generation Cambodian girl born in Virginia and raised in Utah (I am a family from 3). Even though we are polar opposites our differences compliment each other and we have been able to weave our upbringing, life experiences, and expectations well into our married and family life — having 14 years of experience helps a whole lot! And, another key factor is our same love and belief for God.
Whatever your circumstances in life, such as newly married, a blended family, a single parent family, a family that honors more than one religion, etc., — it is never to late to begin creating your own family holiday traditions. They could center around religious aspects of the holiday season and/or simply be fun! Albert and I had a great time creating new Christmas traditions for our family. It doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. In fact, the most simple of traditions have the lasting impact.
The Savage Family Christmas Traditions
- My eldest daughter Emi has a birthday on Christmas and we also celebrate her birthday on Christmas day!
- This year we created a new one where we are wearing matching family pajamas from Target. Don’t you love our nutcracker pajamas!?!
- We have two Christmas trees in our family. One tree has my fancy ornaments and the other one displays our children’s handmade ornaments.
- Each Christmas season our kids get a new ornament or they get to select one.
- We have two elfies in our home. A cute red one with a happy face and a scary looking elf wearing all green.
- We love displaying our nutcrackers on our mantel. Albert served his church mission in Germany so he has a German boy nutcracker next to his German pyramid. The girls and I have Cambodian princesses nutcrackers and Elijah has a cute soldier nutcracker.
- On Christmas day, the first person who find the hidden Percy the Picklepuss stuffed doll in the Christmas tree gets to open the first present.
- We have had the same Christmas decorations for years and keep adding to the eclectic collection.
- Christmas cards given to us are taped in our hallway as a Christmas gallery during the holidays.
- The night before Christmas the kids get to open one present (usually new pjs – exciting for them!).
- We reenact the nativity scene each year with homemade nativity costumes I sewed…it is so fun!
- Each year we participate in a service project and look for anonymous opportunities to serve.
We just love Christmas here at the Savages! I hope this post gets you super excited for Christmas and inspires you to create new traditions for your family. Holiday time is the perfect time to gather as a family and talk about what really matters in life.
It is important for Albert and I to teach the kids about the meaning of Christmas with Christ’s birth and offering service (a kind deed, donation, friendship, helping hand, a smile). Join our family with 25 Ways to #LightTheWord this Christmas by being a light to others with the Savior’s example.
Outfit Details // Family pajamas set from Target.
Photography by Melissa Thomson
“At the H E A R T of every F A M I L Y T R A D I T I O N
is a meaningful E X P E R I E N C E.”
Christmas is so much more than attending parties and presents. It is about memories we create for our families. These memories are held so close to our hearts and passed down from generation to generation. The best gifts cost little or no money at all. Set aside time with your families or alone to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Decide in your life what actions you need to take to shine and be that friend and example to others. Thank you for being a friend to me and supporting my blog! Please comment below and share with me one of your favorite family traditions!!! Love you guys!