Thursday, December 19, 2013

t3 - fish family christmas traditions

In my post "4 simple goals before 2013," the first was to determine some Fish family Christmas traditions. Since it is our first Christmas as a couple, I wanted to establish some traditions now that could live on year after year.

Both our families have numerous traditions, and some we definitely plan on keeping. However, we wanted to start some of our very own. We wanted some that will be fun for us as well as fun for the little Fishes {in the far, far future}.

The great thing about traditions, though, is that some are intentional and some are just established over time. Though these are three we hope to intentionally instill in our family, we hope there are many more that just form on their own.

1. Homemade Christmas Decorations


This year, Daniel and I picked a night to make decorations together for our first tree. I searched Pinterest for plenty of ideas and then went to Hobby Lobby and grabbed lots of crafting supplies. You can see the fruit of our efforts here. Now our tree is a beautiful mix of eclectic, personal and fun ornaments. I know this will be a particularly fun and meaningful tradition once we have children. And, I’ve already started picking out ornaments for us to make next year!

2. The Gift of Giving


Though fresh out of college and only living off of one income, we realize God has blessed us with so much more than we could ever deserve. I hope our family always has the spirit of giving, whether in plenty or in want, and I hope to establish a tradition of giving outside of the usual family and friends at Christmas time. I need to be reminded – and I want my children to understand – that God gave us the greatest gift of all, His own Son sacrificed for us all, and the least we can do is to sacrificially give to those in need.  

3. Celebrating Advent


Neither of us really celebrated Advent growing up. To be honest, I didn’t really understand what exactly Advent was until this year. But our church provided us with a series of devotionals to complete morning and evening between December 1 and January 6. Though we have not been as disciplined with completing these devotionals as I would have liked, they have been a great time of reflection on Jesus’ first and second comings. Amidst all the Christmas parties and ugly Christmas sweaters and gift-swapping, a twice-daily reminder helps us stay grounded and focused on the true Reason for the season.




Does your family have any special Christmas traditions? Make my day by leaving a comment and telling me about them.

10 comments:

  1. i love traditions! C and I have SEVERAL including a christmas breakfast, ornament exchange, opening gifts, and just spending the day together playing games and having quality time. I think when we have kids one day the holidays will take on a life of their own, at this point i think it is just about always remembering the reason for the day. it's hard not to get swept up by all the hooplah! i love this post:)

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  2. Homemade Christmas decorations are my favorite! I love looking back on them and being able to capture the feeling that you had in your heart when you made them. :)

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  3. That's so awesome! Do you serve a special Christmas breakfast? I think it's awesome that you get so much quality time - my only regret for this Christmas is that Daniel and I won't have any time together just the two of us.

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  4. I never made many decorations growing up, but I really enjoyed it this year. I think I will enjoy it more years to come.

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  5. Our apartment is too small for a christmas tree, but as soon as we get them, I am all about handmaking ornaments together - such a lovely way to make a memory :)

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  6. these are GREAT traditions - and like you said, ones that can be passed on and on for many generations to come!!! advent is my favorite as well

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  7. love these traditions and great ones to continue with your kiddos in the far, far future ;) my church has always done advent each sunday, but i've never done something where i read everyday. this year, i've been reading the Behold the Lamb of God book by Russ Ramsey (i think!!) and i've loved preparing for christmas that way.

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  8. We definitely had to do a lot of rearranging to get a tree to fit in our apartment, but we made it work! And I love that we have so many ornaments to help us remember our first Christmas together. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  9. Thank you! It's my first experience with Advent, but I really enjoyed it. Definitely something I plan on doing again next year.

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  10. We just moved - and found a new church - so this was our first experience, and it was so rewarding. I need a reason to just stop what I'm doing every day and remember Who we're celebrating. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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