Holidays are a lot of fun for our family. They are a time to get together and make memories. We are also able to build traditions with the kids that hopefully they will carry on in their own families one day.
Every Easter, we dye eggs. The kids spread out on the kitchen floor and can make their eggs whatever colors they want. On Easter morning, we go to the early church service. Before service, the kids check out their baskets to see what kind of goodies the bunny brought them. Afterwards, we usually have a family dinner and an egg hunt in the back yard. Warm weather or cold, the kids always look forward to the fun events.
Halloween usually starts with the celebration of the fall! We go apple picking at one of the Virginia orchards. It takes most of the day but gives us fresh apples all fall to eat and to cook with. They taste better when you’ve picked them yourself! As Halloween gets closer, we go to the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect carving pumpkins and make our Jack O’Lanterns. On Halloween night, we go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, stopping by all of the grandparents houses, of course, so they can see all the not so spooky costumes.
December is a really busy month. The weekend after Thanksgiving, we pick out the “perfect” tree at the tree lot. The next day, we decorate the tree and the house, inside and out, to get ready for the Christmas season. The annual Christmas piano recital is usually next in the celebrations. This year, the oldest 4 played pieces in the recital. We bake Christmas cookies together and most of the time they make it to Christmas day! We also eat breakfast with Santa Claus as a family. On Christmas Eve, we go to the Christmas Eve service and then have dinner together and read the Christmas story. The kids get their matching PJs and “go to bed” in anticipation of presents on Christmas morning.