family making cookies
Posted on 11/07/2017

3 Favorite Holiday Traditions for the Whole Family

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I’m not always totally on top of getting festive for the different seasons and holidays but we’re big fans of Christmas at my house and I’m pretty sure it’s my daughter’s favorite holiday so I try to make it memorable every year with a few simple traditions we can do as a family. This year is extra special because the baby gets to join in on the fun for his first Christmas!

A big thank you to Gymboree for sponsoring this conversation. All opinions are mine alone.

pouring avocado oil

Treat Baking

When I was in high school my mom started the tradition of making sugar cookies with me and my sister every year. When we had kids, they joined the tradition! S loves to bake with me and really enjoys frosting (or eating the homemade frosting) the cookies with her Nana. It isn’t quite cookie making time yet (though I do have a local cookie exchange that will be here before I know it), but we thought we should make a test batch now to prepare. R isn’t quite old enough to help bake yet so he chewed on the cookie presses and emptied out the bottom kitchen cupboards instead. Hey, he was still learning about kitchen tools and in the baking spirit with us!

little girl scooping sugar

baby holding spatula

Clothes Shopping

Nana always gives everyone a new pair of PJs on Christmas Eve and we pick up a lot of winter clothes for the kids just before December every year. Some of the best clothing deals happen during the holidays — the entire Gymboree store is 40% off right now!  I just got the kiddos some super cute outfits from Gymboree in time for the cold weather we’ve been having, and these outfits are perfect for when we visit the snow later in the year. I really like that Gymboree carries both of my kids’ sizes, too!

baby opening orange Gymboree box

kids winter clothes from Gymboree

My daughter is all about unicorns right now and super picky about her clothes, so we were both excited to see some super cute winter unicorn items at Gymboree. We’ve also been trying to get her to stop wearing last year’s boots everywhere because they’ve been falling apart for a while and she wouldn’t let us get any boots to replace them. But I showed her some pink and purple boots from Gymboree that have hearts on the sole of the shoe and she is done with the old boots (yay!), these are her new favorites. She thinks that these boots will leave little hearts when she wears them in the snow so I’m super glad that they have little special touches like that.

S’s Outfit: Lavender Unicorn Tee / Space Dye Puffer Vest / Embroidered Skinny Jeans / Unicorn Headband / Duck Boots

R’s Outfit: Puffer Hoodie / Plaid Cuff Jeans / Hello Penguin Bodysuit / Duck Booties

baby playing with little shoe

Tree Decorating

How the tree is decorated changes every so often, but the fun of decorating it together is always something we look forward to as a family. I just picked up some new ornaments that S helped me put on the tree for now, but we’ll pull out the Christmas boxes from storage to really decorate the whole thing the day after Thanksgiving. She always looks forward to placing the star on the top o the tree, and I think we’ll have to be strategic about ornament placement this year since the baby is mobile and pulling down everything he can reach.

placing Christmas ornaments on the tree

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

3 holiday traditions for the whole family

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