Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Tradtions

This is the time of the year that conjures up warm memories of holiday traditions.

Decorating the Christmas tree to Elvis Presley holiday music is a childhood memory of mine and still an on-going tradition. When my husband and I first started dating we created the tradition that the only ornaments on our tree would be from our travels. Decorating the tree has become a celebration of our life commemorating the places we have traveled as a couple and as a family.  
PARIS - APRIL 2011
 SNOWBOARDING AT WHISTLER IN CANADA - 2002
 SNOWBOARDING IN STEAMBOAT, COLORADO - 2005
 HONEYMOON - SOUTH AFRICA 2003 
Every Christmas and Hanukkah, with this being the fourth year, I hostess a holiday cookie decorating playdate for my children and some of their friends. I premake the cookie dough and then have the children cut and decorate their own cookies.  
Some show restraint with sprinkles...
Others, not so much...
Our traditions are one of the elements that make a house a home. What are some of your holiday traditions?  

12 comments:

The enchanted home said...

Love the idea of the holiday cookie party, and how neat that your tree is a reflection of all your travels, what a great idea, that each will hold such meaning and a fond memory!
I love traditions, we do have our annual Christmas party, for both families (mine and my husbands) and we always watch old movies of the kids on Christmas eve which I so love doing. I love traditions and keeping them alive and going one year to the next......

classic • casual • home said...

We used to always make cookies and you have inspired me to start again!

helen tilston said...

Thank you for sharing. I plan on baking some old family recipes for cookies this weekend
I am your new follower and look forward to knowing you

Helen Tilston

Marcy said...

I love watching how kids decorate cookies - each has their own style!

And I adore the stories (and places) that go with each of your ornaments. We bought a new ornament each year and it is fun to look back as we hang them on the tree.

I now have some of my mother-in-law's china and it brings sweet memories when we use it at the holidays.

quintessence said...

We used to do the same party with the cookies - always so much fun. There were always the few whose goal was clearly to see how much they could pile on each!! And luv your tree tradition - so personal and charming!!

La Dolfina said...

All so lovely Lisa!
I've missed visiting you, so happy I stopped by!
Merry Christmas my friend,
Love,
Terri

I need to bake this weekend!!!!!

The Buzz Blog said...

Every year our boys pick out a special ornament to add to their collection and they get to put them on the tree themselves... When they're old enough to have their own tree, they'll have ornaments to hang!
xxoo

special 'k' said...

I adore your tree decorations, thanks for sharing I have enjoyed looking around your special place. I will follow on my way out so as I can keep in touch. I hope you will find the time to pop over to my place soon and do the same. Whilst I am here I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to engaging more in the New Year! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Lili said...

i should have started collecting ornaments from our travels too! great tradition!

pretty pink tulips said...

This is darling and something I'm sure your daughter AND her little friends look forward to every year!!!

Love that Eiffel Tower ornament you picked up this Spring.

xoxo E

Kathysue said...

I love that you have created such wonderful traditions for your family. We have traditions in our family also and trust me they will be carried on to the next generation. Now that my boys are grown they still do some of the same things that we did as they were growing up. Such sweet memories, Kathysue

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