Today is the very first day to link up for our week of "Oh What Fun It Is To..." holiday inspired posts.
My beautiful friend Nina kicked us off this morning with a beautiful post chock full of
every last tip, trick, and detail you could possibly think of for entertaining in your home this holiday season.
Be sure to visit According to Nina for all you'll need to know to have an Open House
this Christmas, New Year's or the whole year through.
Today, I am going to focus on a new tradition for our family this year.
Family traditions are so much fun... but like everything in life, they have to change and evolve
as loved ones pass away, new little ones are born, and family dynamics shift. It's such a blessing
to reflect back on the traditions that formed my own childhood and I feel doubly blessed
to have the opportunity to create some new memories, traditions, and precious moments for my own family.
This Christmas Eve we are continuing the tradition I've always known...
a beautiful dinner prepared by my parents in their home. But afterwards, everyone will head over
to our house to end the night and prepare for Santa. Now that Carson is 4 years old,
we really wanted to have the "end" of the night traditions in our own home
so we could get the "children all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums
danced in their heads..." (alright, that might be a BIT much, ha)
So, my wheels have been spinning as I've begun to prepare to entertain my family
on Christmas Eve and begin a tradition in my own home.
As Nina mentioned, hosting and entertaining can be done on any budget and any scale.
GRAND is not a necessity. It's actually quite easy to keep things simple,
but really special at the same time. So, don't let the prospect of holiday hosting overwhelm you.
My theme for this year's Christmas Eve end-o-night gathering is inspired by $2.00 package of napkins
I grabbed in an end of Christmas clearance sale at Target last year: To All A Good Night.
I love choosing a theme and color palette for any occasion. It keeps you from tossing random things
into your cart if you have a clear vision of the overall "look."
We'll start out by changing into our annual Christmas Eve Pajamas. Everyone gets a new pair.
The girls will all match, the guys will all match and the kiddos will all match. It's so much fun!
My mom, sisters, and I trade off who picks out and buys the pajamas each year.
This was my year! I can't wait to pass those out.
Since we'll have just enjoyed a delicious dinner, I plan to keep the menu simple...
I am thinking cookies and milk, just like Santa would want it. We'll have lots of yummy
Christmas cookies to sample and a hot chocolate bar to create a personalized toasty beverage.
I really wanted to create a special moment for my parents with the kids, so after talking with JiJi,
my parents are going to snuggle up with their grandkids and read them a few Christmas books.
Last, but most important of all, before we tuck the littles into bed to prepare for Christmas morning,
we'll tell the story of The First Christmas... talk about the birth of our Savior Jesus...
I may even let the kids play with our new plush nativity for a little while
(we'll see how jolly I'm feeling)... and then say a prayer as a family so our kids go to bed
with THE REAL reason for the season on their hearts.
Some of my favorite ways to personalize any event are tags/printables/and personalized paper goods.
Thankfully, you don't need to be a graphic designer these days to get your hands
on some adorable printables. Many bloggers, designers, and "pinners" have shared oodles
of free printables for you to use as you entertain.
Here's a few links to some of my favorites.
Adorable printables + coordinating ribbon = instant personalized special touch for pennies.
These designs can set the tone for your whole event... the hard part is choosing a favorite!
I cannot wait to share our first Christmas Eve night celebration with you all.
Check back in a couple of weeks to see how I entertained my family.
We'd love for you to join the fun and link up and share your entertaining ideas for the holidays!
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Making Memories, and Decorating for the holidays!