In Maison Epperson, the Christmas festivities officially kick off on December 24. We always plan our Christmas Eve and Christmas day on what activities to do (Santa stakeout FTW!), what movies to watch and the menus for the holidays. By making some sort of schedule, it allows us to commit to family time and it’s easy to get everyone on board when it comes to celebrating the holidays. It’s also a great time for family traditions both old and new.
Here are some of our favorite holiday family traditions that really make it the most wonderful time of the year:
Cooking with the family
Menu planning for the holidays is a must. Planning ahead of time will help you decide what you can make in advance and store for later.
Enlisting the help of your family can take some of the burden off of you and create a fun holiday project for everyone. The more time that children spend inside the kitchen helping out the more chances they’ll learn how to cook and bake.
Setting the table is my favorite pastime! This year, I re-used one of my Christmas tableware and accessories and added some new pieces.
When it comes to our Christmas dinners, we prefer easy, comfort food served in a fancy way—it’s fun and special! Our family loves cooking but hates slaving in the kitchen. Aryanna had a brilliant idea of doing a taco bar for Christmas Eve dinner. Best. Idea. Ever.
Christmas morning belongs to the children. I really wanted to be in the moment but at the same time be able to capture fun moments with the family so I went a bit Snapchat crazy, haha!
Again, Aryanna had a great idea of cooking lasagna with my sister Maemi (she makes the BEST!!!) and baking cookies for our Christmas dinner.
They did a fabulous job in the kitchen. Family and food rocks!
Every Christmas I’m pretty sure that nothing could possibly top the day we had together. And every year I’m wrong again. Christmas is all about giving and making time because family time is the best Christmas gift ever.
Happy holidays everyone!