It’s so exciting that it’s finally Christmas time! Besides summer, it has always been my favorite time of the year! When I was younger, I always would get so excited about Christmas that I would have my full Christmas List to give to Santa ready in July. Boy, were my parents happy about that! Nowadays, it seems to get to my family later and later. However, I usually start my Christmas shopping pretty early, so I always have a couple of ideas in the back of my mind for myself 😉
This Christmas I will be on a vacation, which, I am keeping a surprise for now. Since I will be gone this Christmas, it has made me think of a couple of my favorite things that I have always looked forward to in the past. While I still may be able to do a couple of these on my list, I am unfortunately going to have to miss out on a couple of my favorite activities Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite Christmas Traditions and I am so excited to share them with you!
- Moeller’s Bakery – Just about every holiday in the Byrd Household consists of our favorite bakery, Moeller’s. There hasn’t been a birthday where a Moeller’s cake was not present. I especially love their adorable Christmas petit fours, orange rolls, sugar cookies and Stollen bread. Christmas cannot be complete without having these sweets fully stocked around the house!
- Decorating My Own Tree – I have always had a little tree that I decorate for myself during Christmas time. I have had a tree since I was about 5 years old, and have always loved to collect ornaments ever since then! I love to collect ornaments when I travel and for all the activities I have done in the past like dance or volleyball. I love this tradition, however, I am looking forward to decorating my very first big tree with Christopher next year! Not only will it be so exciting as our first Christmas together, but I am need of a bigger tree because I have way too many ornaments!
- Advent Calendar – Having an advent calendar is seriously one of my favorite things about Christmas time. Not only is it a super fun way to countdown to Christmas, it definitely gets you in the spirit! I love to guess what type of chocolate it is that day. It is something that never gets old to me!
- Christmas Lights – There really is nothing better than to have a hot peppermint mocha in hand while looking at Christmas lights, is there? Driving around and looking at Christmas lights has always been one of my favorite activities growing up and even as an adult. It is an activity I have loved to do with my family and my friend’s for such a long time. We love to look at lights all around Houston and always had the most fun looking in my grandparent’s neighborhood when I was younger!
- Rudolph – It doesn’t feel like Christmas time until I have watched the 1960’s classic at least 3 times while wrapping presents or decorating my mini tree. If you know me well, you know how much I love animals, so this movie is just too cute! I also love vintage Christmas decorations and love seeing all of the retro details in this movie each year! Although I have seen this movie dozens of times, it always seems to be shorter and shorter each year! Maybe just because I am getting older! 🙂
- Christmas Formal – Although this has become a new tradition over the past couple of year’s, this is a tradition I look forward to each year! Chris and I attend a Christmas Formal for a group he belongs to in Dallas. It is a black tie event and will definitely be wearing my red dress from Aidan Mattox this year! If you haven’t read my post about Holiday Party Dresses, be sure to check it out.
- Reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”– Growing up, my Dad has always read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to my sister and me on Christmas Eve. The past couple of year’s, my Dad has liked to put a twist on the classic version making up his own themes as he reads the story. From a Hood Christmas to a Dog Christmas story, all of the themes keep it interesting and hilarious for the whole family!
- Christmas Eve – Christmas Eve we have always gone to church, had dinner, open one special present, and then got ready for the big day ahead. I have loved this routine forever, kicking off the evening with a beautiful candlelit service. This year, I will be going on Christmas Day, which I am so excited about. I also can’t wait to debut where I am going to share more stories about my experience soon!
- Gingerbread House – A tradition of mine that I have started over the past couple of years has been decorating a gingerbread house! It all started when in college, I had just finished a rough semester of finals and was finally able to come home for Christmas break. I slept almost the entire next day – I have never slept so long in my life! Of course, when I woke up at 5 pm that evening, I had a ton of energy! So, I decided to go to Central Market and buy one of their pre-made gingerbread houses to decorate. I stayed up until midnight decorating it and I had such a blast, that it is something I continue to do every year! Although I wish I had just a random Tuesday off like I did in college, I still am able to make the gingerbread house happen!
- Surprise Plates – Growing up, my parents had these adorable Christmas plates that they would only use for the month of December that we would call our “Surprise Plates.” The plate is covered in a plaid print on the outer rim, and on the inside holds a printed image of a reindeer, french horn, bell, or goose. I would always have to have the reindeer growing up! It was going to be such a good day when I did! These are plates my parents still like to bring out now and is still fun for our family to guess which one we have under our meal!