As a new mother, I’ve loved watching the different stages of development. Seeing my baby girl’s first smile, hearing her first laugh, and watching her roll over for the first time have all been a major blessing to see. But I have to say, I am very excited for our first Christmas as a family of three. I know our daughter at six months old, will not remember anything about Christmas this year, so I’m thinking about some things we can start doing that she will cherish for the rest of her life.
It was not until this Christmas season, while talking to my husband about traditions that we want to put into place for our family, that I realized the traditions my family had when I was growing up. I remember we would go up to Apple Hill to cut down our Christmas tree, and once we got home we would decorate the entire house together as a family. My favorite part was always putting the ornaments on the Christmas tree. Then, on Christmas morning we would wake up to our stockings on the door knobs to our rooms. We were allowed to open our stockings before anyone else woke up, but we could not sneak out and go to the living room until everyone else woke up. Looking back I realize this was so my parents could get more sleep. Then, after we opened presents, we would eat my mom’s famous breakfast pie that she made every year, and watch A Christmas Story. Most importantly, Christmas was about family, and spending quality time together.
My husband and I have already started putting our own traditions into place ever since we got married. For instance, attending and serving Christmas Eve services, as well as watching The Grinch and Jingle All The Way together. Lately, we have been discussing what we want our daughter to remember about Christmas and the traditions our family does as she grows up. We want her to know the importance of Christmas. The real reason for this holiday, the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. We want to start doing Advent projects with her every year. This will give us as parent the opportunity to teach her about Jesus, and help her on her journey of faith. Also attending and serving at Christmas Eve services together as a family, and have her serving with us at a young age. Finally, we want to teach her that this season is also about spending time with family and the people that you love. Waking up at home with her stocking on the door waiting for her to open. I actually have the stocking that I have had since I was a baby, and am passing it on to my daughter. I hope one day she will be excited to pass this stocking on to her first child on their first Christmas.
Overall, as a new mom, I want my daughter to know what matters most during Christmas. It is not about the presents. It’s about the Birth of Jesus Christ, and the quality time you spend with your family and loved ones. In hopes that she will grow up loving this time of year, knowing Jesus, and passing on her favorite family traditions to her children.