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I LOVE the holidays. It’s my favorite time of year because of all the family! I’m a fan of traditions too – old traditions and making new ones. Christmas for us was the one time of year that we got really dressed up. My mom would often dress us up on Christmas Eve to visit some grandparents (I think because she didn’t want to get us all dressed up after waking her up at 5am on Christmas). I loved going around and seeing all our extended family in some of my best dresses – it just felt like the holidayss, like it’s what we were supposed to do and it made our visits that much more special.

Now that I have my own kids, I love dressing them up too. How cute is my youngest in this little man outfit from Macy’s?! He actually does like wearing “handsome clothes” to visit grandparents because they fuss over how cute he looks. I love that the holidays can be a little less traditional with fun colors like these (and more likely to be approved by him).

Family holiday traditions then & now

I had found some photos of mine when getting out the Christmas decorations and it brought back all kinds of holiday memories for me. Visiting family, dressing up, dinners, plays, giving back, staying up late, baking and music during the holidays are some of my favorite childhood memories. I love being a Mom and sharing these memories and traditions with my kids.

Family holiday traditions then & now

Family holiday traditions then & now

I don’t know if it’s the tradition of getting dressed up for the holidays, or just the attention he gets when doing it, but the Christmas Eve “handsome outfit” has definitely become a tradition for us too. We also do matching Christmas jammies each year though I’m not sure how much longer that will last. Childhood is so short and quick – I just want to bottle it all up!


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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. A favorite tradition that has been passed down is an all-edible tree! Decorate sugar cookies esp gingerbread men and wrap in plastic wrap and hang, string popcorn & cranberries and loop it, add candy canes, pouches of gold coins, popcorn balls, and look for treats in the stores for more! It is the only tree as fun taking down (as you can nibble on the decorations) and it is putting it up!! And it is always fun to snitch a cookie – from the back of the tree of course!

  2. We always read a book together called Santa Mouse, then we decorate our tree with a yellow light at the top just like like in the book.

  3. My favorite tradition that I’ve passed down to my daughter is wearing special Christmas pajamas to bed on Christmas eve!

  4. Lisa Brown Reply

    I don’t have traditions right now, no kids, just my husband and i. we do have a nice christmas dinner for two 🙂

  5. Angela Saver Reply

    Our favorite tradition that we’ve passed on to our kids is always making homemade peanut brittle & cookies to give as gifts!

  6. My family continues the tradition of baking cookies with my grandmother, such a sweet tradition indeed!

  7. My favorite was definitely baking cookies with my Mother watching Christmas movies.

  8. My little one is just a newborn so I have yet to pass anything on! But I did buy her a First Christmas ornament, which my parents did for me.

  9. Mom of Three Reply

    One of my favorite traditions I’ve passed on to my kids is taking the time to be grateful for what we have and what we don’t have. While it’s easy to be grateful for what we see (“stuff”) and our good health, we should also be grateful for what we don’t have. For instance, we don’t have anybody setting limitations on what we can wear, eat, or learn.

  10. We like driving around to look at Christmas lights, baking cookies, and watching old movies by the glow of the Christmas tree. 🙂


  11. We all love baking cookies for the holidays, and pies! And we enjoy buying a present each year to donate to Toys for Tots.

  12. Our favorite tradition is baking together as a family!

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  14. We always opened one present on Christmas eve and it was always new pyjamas – that’s a tradition in my family that will last!

  15. mell morgan Reply

    Our tradition is making Christmas cookies exactly 5 days before Christmas for the family to enjoy, then again on Christmas eve – for Santa.

  16. Exchanging presents & seeing someone’s face light up with excitement when they get something they’ve been wanting!

  17. Decorating the cookies with my mother! It’s really important to me despite seeming so minuscule! I really cherish any time I spend with her now that we’re both getting older and see each other less often!

  18. Tari Lawson Reply

    Both my husband and I have fond memories of going out with our families to see Christmas light displays. We continue this tradition with our kids.

  19. Baking and decorating holiday cookies has always been a fun tradition in our family.

  20. Sandy Klocinski Reply

    Make traditional dishes forourholiday meals and include foods we ate growing up. Ask for recipes from relatives to keep our family food traditions alive.

  21. Stephanie V. Reply

    celebrating with extended family on Christmas Eve and picking out an ornament for the tree each year
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  22. Margaret Smith Reply

    One of my favorite traditions is that my kids, husband and I decorate a couple of gingerbread houses each year. Nothing fancy, if anything we make a great big mess. But, we do have fun and the kids really look forward to decorating the houses.
    Thanks so much.

  23. paige chandler Reply

    Our family trims the tree with popcorn on Christmas Eve.

  24. My favorite tradition is making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. My girls and I make Santa something different each year. My girls have picked cupcakes to make this year. Thank you!

  25. Barbara Montag Reply

    We started taking the kids to a Christmas play or show each holiday season.
    thank you

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