When our first daughter was born, I couldn’t wait for Christmas to roll around. Not only because I was excited to share the holiday with my new baby, but because our little family could start new Christmas Traditions. One of my favorites was reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning. We always have our Christmas tree lights turned on and sit as a family to read the story. It’s a few moments of pure peace among the holiday craziness. As our family has grown, so has our list of family traditions. I still love our story time on Christmas morning but I also love our gift wrapping tradition.
We let our daughters pick out gifts for their sisters. With help from us, obviously, we either shop in store or online at Toys“R“Us. Our girls think Toys”R”Us has the best toys and the most options to shop for their sisters, and we agree! A few weeks before Christmas we pull each girl aside and give them the opportunity to wrap the gifts that they picked out. They can pick from a few different prints of wrapping paper, ribbon for bows, and we usually do an new embellishment each year. This year we chose butcher twine and pine cones.
I love this tradition because I am able to have one-on-one time with each of my four daughters. Which is sometimes hard to come by during the bustle of the holidays. Even something as simple as wrapping gifts has become one of my favorite moments of the holiday season. We giggle as we anticipate the looks of surprise and pure excitement on our other family member’s faces.
The gifts they bought, from Toys”R”Us, are typically the most exciting of the year, so everyone is excited for them!
We usually try to wrap presents a couple weeks before Christmas for a reason. Not only to check something off our holiday to do list, but so that the gifts can sit pretty under our Christmas tree. Instead of being shoved in a secret spot like a basement closet, we use them as part of our Christmas decor, that is until the paper is demolished on Christmas morning. We try to choose a few different wrapping paper patters that match with each other. We also choose an embellishment that can be used in other parts of the room as well. For instance, last year we used candy canes. We hung them on our tree, made a few crafts with them, and of course put them on the gifts. This year we did the same thing with pine cones and butcher twine. It’s a simple touch, but my girls love it!
This year we also created printable gift tags. With 6 people in our immediate family, and more in the extended family, gift tags are a must. An absolute requirement. It’s fun to have tags that match the paper and embellishments.
Family traditions are absolutely the best part about the Christmas season! Sharing time with my husband and daughters, as well as extended family, is my favorite thing. Spending this time doing sentimental activities, like one on one wrapping with my girls, is what the holidays are made of!