What is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

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Ahhh, holiday traditions.

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays – the music, the smells, the time spent with family, it’s always so magical.

Growing up, we had our fair share of traditions, holiday parties on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, putting cookies out for Santa, and a set-in-stone process for opening our presents on Christmas morning. As we’ve gotten older, we’ve stepped away from some of these traditions and have created new ones that work for our current lifestyles and I’ve loved being able to have a say in these new traditions as an adult.

While we don’t do very much on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I’ve always loved piling up on the couch together to watch The Polar Express on Christmas Eve. It’s one of my dad’s favorite holiday movies and he watches is several times throughout the holiday season (I don’t know how!!!) and we always roll our eyes about having to watch it again, but it’s our little thing.

On Christmas morning, my brother (although he is 20 years old…) loves waking us up early to open presents before eating breakfast together and piling up on the couch.

Although I do like Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day, my absolute favorite tradition we’ve started over the last few years, is piling up on the couch after breakfast on Christmas and watching movies together all day. Did I mention there are cocktails involved? Well, there are!

After a hectic holiday season, I love our slow Christmas activities. Watching movies, playing a game or two, having several cocktails, and just being lazy.

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This Christmas will be Chris and I’s second holiday together, and although we will be heading to my parents to spend time with them on Christmas, I really wanted to create some of our own traditions this year.

Our Holiday Plans

I am SO excited to be spending some one-on-one time with Chris before celebrating Christmas this year! Our plan is to do some exploring around Boston and ice skating on Frog Pond on Christmas Eve with a few friends before having a quiet night at home and then doing gifts and stockings together on Christmas morning before heading down to my parents and partaking in our Christmas traditions with them!

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

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  1. 12.23.19

    We typically attend Christmas Eve church service and open up presents while having a big breakfast in the morning as a family. Happy holidays!
    XO Amanda || Affordable by Amanda

    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      So much fun! Happy Holidays!

  2. 12.23.19
    Emily Wilkinson said:

    A few of our traditions include watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve and baking christmas cookies!

    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      It’s a Wonderful Life is such a great movie! I hope you had a blast!

  3. 12.23.19
    Caitlin said:

    Ice skating is the best around Christmas! Always feels so festive.

    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      Right!? So fun!

  4. 12.23.19
    Lizzie said:

    Aw I love your holiday traditions! Ours have changed over the past couple of years but this year, we are doing a Mexican themed Christmas with my in-laws!


    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Lizzie! A Mexican themed Christmas sounds like such a blast! I’ll have to give that a try next year!

  5. 12.23.19
    Rach said:

    We don’t do too much on Christmas Eve or Christmas except hangout on the couch and open presents too! Something about it is so fun! I also love your ceramic tree!


    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      I love a relaxing holiday! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  6. 12.23.19
    Hillary said:

    Aw I love that tradition!! My favorite is we all get matching pjs every Christmas Eve! We look forward to it every year!

    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      Oh my gosh, I love matching pjs! My mom and I did it for a few years and it’s definitely a tradition I want to start again!

  7. 12.23.19

    It’s always interesting to learn other people’s traditions. I have several movies that we watch on Christmas Eve. The Grinch is one of them.

    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      I’m so nosey, so I love hearing about holiday traditions! I hope you had a great holiday watching allll the movies!

  8. 12.23.19
    Lee said:

    That sounds like such a perfect Christmas day! I don’t have a lot of traditions, but am hoping to make some over the coming years!

    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      It’s always so fun creating new traditions and memories with friends and family! I hope you had a great holiday season!

  9. 12.24.19

    That’s a wonderful tradition. I didn’t grow up here and never had any tradition but I would want to create one.

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    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Tanvi! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

  10. 12.26.19
    Kristina said:

    My favorite tradition is collecting ornaments on our vacations- love looking back on them every year!

    • 1.6.20
      Rachel said:

      I love that tradition! I hope you had a great holiday season!

  11. 1.9.20

    Such a sweet post! I love being with my friends right before the actual holiday to spend time together and relaxing on xmas day with bear! xoxo sarah

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Is there any better way to celebrate the holidays!?