As we enter into the upcoming season, I can’t help but get excited for all of the traditions that we get to continue doing and / or start with Fletcher! I recently had someone request that I share these and I thought it would be a fun way to remember the special things we hope to do each year!
Growing up, some of my favorite memories involved the traditions that we participated in year after year — I’d love to start some of these in our little family. Also, I am writing this post in the hope / plan that we will add more kids to our crew in the coming years, so kids is written as plural. :)
PS Here’s an old post of mine about some of my favorite holiday memories!
First + last day of school pictures on our front porch
Snack + catch up about their days at school upon arriving home each afternoon
One-on-one shopping + out to lunch trip with each kid to shop for back to school clothes
School supply shopping as a family
Growing up, we always attended a heritage celebration in my grandma’s town — I’d love to get back into this tradition
Fall baking day with cousins - Chex mix, pumpkin bread, ginger cookies, etc.
Apple orchard visits
Football Sundays at home
Attending Parade of Homes is something Andy and I started doing early on in our dating days and we plan to take Fletcher this year — he LOVES people watching so we are thinking he will get a kick out of this
Decorating the front porch with pumpkins and fall planters
Visiting a pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, and roasting the seeds
Trick or treating through our neighborhood
Early on in our marriage, Andy and I started having pizza each Halloween night — this would be a fun tradition to continue especially since it’s a quick and easy dinner before heading out to trick or treat with the kids
Handing out candy to trick or treaters that visit our home
Having a dish of candy corn + peanuts on the coffee table — my grandma got me hooked on this tradition when I was a little girl and it’s been fun to continue it each year in my adult life
I’d love to start a tradition of a special Thanksgiving morning breakfast — perhaps The Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls or something like that
Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade as a family
Having our kids be involved with prepping and cooking for Thanksgiving dinner
Andy and I have recently started the tradition of watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles during the week of Thanksgiving — probably won’t have our kids join in on this one until they’re much older, but it’s a fun tradition for the two of us!
Starting gratitude journals for each kid as they get older
Andy and I have started the tradition of putting up our Christmas tree the weekend after Halloween so that we can enjoy it longer
Continuing our tradition of watching Home Alone the night that we set up our Christmas tree
Holiday baking day with cousins — sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, Chex mix, Muddy buddies, Oreo truffles, etc.
Visiting Santa at the mall
Writing letters to Santa
Helping out a family / child in need around the holidays
Putting together and sending off shoeboxes of gifts for Operation Christmas Child
Christmas jammies — most likely Burt’s Bees since we love that brand
Watching all of our favorite Christmas movies
Attending a performance of The Nutcracker
Driving around to look at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music
Attending a Christmas Eve service at church
Decorating gingerbread houses
Looking at Christmas decorations at the local mall
We always had a “fancy” family dinner of crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and sparkling white grape juice. I’m not a huge seafood person anymore, but I’d love to start this tradition up with our family. Maybe we make it into a family game night as well.
Special birthday dinner either at home or at a restaurant
Birthday parties with their friends
Little gifts + cards at their place at the table in the morning
Egg hunt with cousins
Attending church as a family
Attending a Good Friday service
Picnics in the park
Swimming at the gym’s outdoor pool
4th of July
Pic with cousins in their matching patriotic tees
Andy and I have always done a trip to the mall on the 4th — not sure if we will continue this as our kids are older though
What are some of your favorite family traditions?