2012 28/11

Celebrating Christmas Traditions {Giveaway}

Christmas is a time rich in traditions. And it is no secret that I love traditions!

Growing up we didn’t have too many Christmas traditions. At least not that I remember. But I do remember one that comes flooding back to me from time to time.

When we were still pretty little, we would go to church every Christmas Eve where, as kids, we would some some sort of Christmas pageant. We would stand up front at the front of the church, just next to the huge decorate Christmas tree, and either recite verses from the Christmas story or sing some Christmas carols. Not a big production. Just simple. Then, after the service was over, as we walked out of the church we were handed little bags of goodies. And they always included an orange. Whenever I smell oranges, those memories come flooding back.

That’s what I want for my kids. Not the oranges, per se, although those are good too. But the memories!

As our kids get older, they look forward to our traditions. They know we’ll be setting up the tree after Thanksgiving {not before} and they love looking through the ornaments they picked out from years past. They may not remember that we’ll be heading downtown for the Parade of Lights but once we get there they remember how awesome it was last year.

And I think it will only get more fun for them as they get older. At least until they become angsty teens and having to do anything with mom & dad will just be pure torture.

This year our Christmas Traditions will include: Decorating the Christmas Tree, the Parade of Lights in Downtown Holland, taking the kids to purchase this year’s ornaments, and a visit with Old St. Nick.


Somewhere in there we will probably decorate cookies and make a few seasonal crafts, if time permits. The filler stuff. Because this year I am focusing on the traditions that bring our family together and not ones that create just another thing to do.

What family traditions do you have this time of year? Do you hunt down that perfect Christmas tree together or maybe it’s a family ski trip? Hickory Farms wants to know!

Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.

Share with me one of your favorite family traditions (either from growing up or one you have now) and will be entered to win a holiday gift pack from Hickory Farms!

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