December 22, 2015

Coutdown To Christmas {Linkup} || CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS ||

Morning, pretties. Before we get to today's post I wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all your kind comments yesterday. I was  *this* close to not posting because I felt like such a ninny fussing about being sick, but dang it I was so frustrated I just had to put it out to the universe. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you and it seems that yesterday started the upswing of events and I'm on my way to normal. Hopefully I can fully kick this thing before Christmas Eve. Please keep up with your vitamins friends, I don't want ANYONE catching this nasty virus.

Moving on, today is our LAST Countdown to Christmas linkup and I honestly can't believe it. I've had so much fun writing my posts and reading yours, it has been such a great peek into everyone's holiday. The gift guides, decor inspirations, food inspirations and tradition posts have boosted my holly jolly spirit and I'm so sad the fun is almost over.
For my last post I'd thought I'd share some of my favorite traditions. Originally I was going to post about ALL of our Christmas traditions, but since this is Christmas week I'm just going to focus on our Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Christmas Eve Pizza Dinner: This is new tradition that Le Husband brought to the family. Growing up he always had pizza for Christmas Eve dinner so when he celebrated his first Christmas with my family we did so too to give him a bit of his tradition. Mama B enjoyed not cooking so much we've created a new family tradition and it is one I quite enjoy now. #cheerstopizza

Christmas Eve Service: This service is my favorite service of the year. The church is beautifully light up, the music is gorgeous and message is such a joyous one to hear year after year. Sometimes I sing in the choir, but the past few years I've sat with the family and just enjoyed the service. Our first year of marriage, Le Husband and I were asked to light the Advent wreath as a couple and it was such a special moment to share together. Singing Silent Night by candlelight moves me to tears every year and is the perfect send off to Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve Photo shoot: The Kardashians have NOTHING on the Brady Bunch. Okay, well they have money, but we have the funnier poses. And outfit combinations. And zombie dance parties. We usually start off with the silly pictures then do our best to get a sweet family one for the next year's Christmas card. There have been some incredible gems over the past few years and I know this year won't disappoint. #welovepicturesyeswedo #lookatthebabyfaces






Christmas Eve Movies: Our last Christmas Eve tradition is watching A Muppet's Christmas Carol & A Christmas Story while preparing food for Christmas Day. There are quite a few sing along moments and giggle fests during each showing and it's fun to hang out in pjs with my favorite people. I also mix up a batch of Ina Garten's hot cocoa to sip on and it is quite possibly the best hot cocoa in the world. #lightthelampnottherat #tistheseasontobejollyandjoyousfalala

Christmas Morning Stockings, Brunch, Presents & Dinner: Every Christmas morning we get up [now later than in the early years] and sit at the top of the stairs while Daddy and Mama B start the coffee and the breakfast casseroles. Then we process down the stairs [order changes every year] and start the morning off with stockings from Santa. After stockings are done we take a break for brunch with mimosas and then we open up presents from under the tree. Once that's done it's time to prep the PRIME RIB for dinner and relax with A Christmas Story and football on in the back ground. We used to dress up for dinner, but recently we've just enjoyed being in our festive clothing and had a delicious casual dinner. Being a Mrs. now means Le Husband and I leave Christmas night and go home to exchange our own presents in our apartment, with a nice extra pop of bubbly.

Now it's your turn to join in the fun! Also linking up here here & here today!

27 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

I love your Christmas morning traditions and that you still wait at the top of the stairs for your parents - so cute!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Amy said...

What fun traditions! I love the pizza one!

Sara Elizabeth said...

OMG. I love the dancing picture!! These are AMAZING... I definitely think we should steal the pizza tradition!! I love Christmas Eve services, too!

Linsley Schneider said...

I love your traditions. We also do the Christmas Eve service and have a photo shoot!

Owen Davis @ Davis Duo said...

Christmas Eve church service is one of my favorite traditions too!! Love that y'all do pizza on Christmas eve… that's something my family could totally get into!! Merry Christmas!

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

you have some fantastic christmas traditions! esp with christmas morning going all out :) so cute :) and who doesn't love christmas pizza?! haha that's awesome!

xoxo cheshire kat

Elle Sees said...

so many sweet traditions!! loved reading about them. you look exactly like your mom! i think that's awesome.

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

A Christmas Eve pizza sounds fantastic. I may have to "borrow" that tradition this year-haha. Have a Merry Christmas!!

Jess Scott said...

So fun!!!! I can't wait to see what this Christmas brings!

Katie Elizabeth said...

I had so much fun doing this link up with you, friend! :) I love your pizza tradition - my husbands family always does a big spaghetti dinner for their Christmas meal and I thought it was so strange the first couple of years, but now I really look forward to it!

Jessica (The Newly) said...

Love the photos! So fun!!! I always love hearing about other people's holiday traditions. It's amazing how we all do very different things but how the things that we do end up being such key parts of our holiday celebrations!:) Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

LMW said...

The photos are my favorite. And the traditions and stockings and slow Christmas present opening! Love it all.

Christina Lea Loves said...

LOVE Christmas traditions! I love that you guys always do pizza for Christmas Eve - we always go to the same italian restaurant before church and in face tomorrow night we have an annual Christmas Eve Eve meal with the same thing every year too!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Those pictures are hilarious! And I love the idea of Christmas Eve pizza, especially with all the cooking the next day. Hope you're feeling better finally *hugs* <3

Green Fashionista

Emily said...

Sounds like you guys have a blast doing the photo shoot and taking fun pictures. What great traditions for Christmas Eve!

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

Your traditions sound so fun! Love your photo tradition!
Kelsey
www.thepeacockroost.com

Jen said...

I love your traditions, they seem like a lot of fun! :)

Mary Hunnicutt said...

We also love going to Christmas Eve service; it is such a beautiful service. Then we go home and watch most of the 24 hours of Christmas Story while wrapping the last of the presents. Merry Christmas!!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

The Christmas Eve Service is always my favorite time of the year too! It just doesn't feel like Christmas without having the candles lit and singing Silent Night! My husband brought the tradition of watching A Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve to our family too! It's just too funny with all of the Muppets acting out the classic story!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Love all of these traditions so much! We used to wait at the top of the stairs when we were little as well, and now we are doing the same with our kiddos. So much fun!

Michelle said...

I saw the photo on Tuesday Talk today and I had to laugh. Such fun. It grabbed my attention because it is exactly the kind of pose my crazy family would do. Here's wishing to you feeling better and a very Merry Christmas.

Melissa @ Always, Lissa said...

Such awesome traditions girl! My.family used to have some pretty great ones but I currently don't have any traditions for Christmas now, but maybe one day I'll start a new one.

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Christmas traditions are the best! Especially when they include pizza! Here's hoping you wake up tomorrow feeling good as new!

emily @ a little bit of emily said...

Muppet's Christmas Carol is one of my FAVORITES! Love it. The pizza tradition sounds awesome. As does your Christmas Eve service...seriously doing that as a couple must have just been so special! Merry Christmas!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

I love all your fun family tradition girl!! Pizza on Christmas Eve sounds so good!! Your family seems like they know how to have fun during the holidays, those pictures crack me up!

Alisha said...

Your traditions are awesome. LOVE all of the family pictures... and pizza. GREAT idea! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Megan Elaine said...

I love your traditions! My family's are very similar! I hope you have a great Christmas this year!