Having Christmas traditions has been important to us as we raise our family. When our first kiddo's were small, we had many family events that we felt we had to attend. This left Christmas feeling rushed and left us exhausted by the end of it. We realized that it was more important for us to carve out time for our own family while still maintaining extended family relationships.
Honestly as the years have gone by, this has become a little easier. As our extended families have grown, we have all had this realization. We still have family celebrations with our extended families, but they are no longer on Christmas day. That is reserved for our own families. We want our kids to know that those relationships with extended family are strong and important to us. We know that our time with our kiddo's at home is short, and they will someday have families of their own~and struggle with some of the same things we did as a new family. But we also want them to look back at their childhood Christmas' and feel that same warmth that hubby and I have for our own. We don't want them to remember Christmas as hurried, frazzled, and exhausting. That is NOT what Christmas is about. We want them to remember that we stopped our usual routines, and celebrated that birth so many years ago. We spent time together singing, decorating, baking, worshipping, and loving each other. And we loved every minute of it!
Have a blessed Christmas and enjoy your time together with your loved ones!
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"
1 Corinthians 10:31