{Katie’s Baby Blog} Holiday Traditions with Lily

This will be Lily’s second Christmas! Last year she was only a month old so we didn’t really celebrate much. Thanksgiving we were just out of the hospital, so we stayed home and for Christmas I was still recovering from my c-section so we didn’t do too much that day either.

But…this year, I want to start our family holiday traditions! I know she is only 1 year old and probably won’t remember much from this year but it will be fun for us, too.

I’m sure our holiday traditions aren’t much different from yours, we always put up our Christmas tree and decorations after Thanksgiving and decorate the outside of our house with lights, too.

I love baking cookies and making hot chocolate and watching cheesey Hallmark movies; so I can’t wait until she is old enough to do those things with me. I can start by letting her watch me bake cookies and helping with taste testing!

On Christmas Eve, we always go to my grandpa’s house for dinner and to open presents during the day. We love to go to Christmas Mass that evening. Then, when we go home, before bed we like to watch a Christmas movie. My mom always gave my brother and I one present to open Christmas Eve and it was always PJ’s to wear to bed. I love that tradition so I definitely am going to start that with Lily this year!

Milk and cookies will go out for Santa and carrots for the reindeer!

Then, we will wake up early Christmas morning and open presents, have a delicious breakfast and then go spend the rest of the day with our family!

Just spending time with your family during the holidays is so important to us. Rushing around gets hard sometimes, but if we didn’t do it, I know we would wish we were with our family and all of the craziness that comes with the holiday.

It’s all so special and I am so excited to create fun memories for Lily!

<3 Katie Ryan