We have lots of silly traditions in our family. Like on the eve of Mya’s birthday, we eat pepperoni, jalepeno, and pineapple pizza from Papa Johns. Or on St. Patrick’s Day, we order carryout from our favorite local pub and eat it on the living room floor. Huh– it seems like many traditions are centered around food, but I promise not all of them are! Here are some of our holiday ones:
PICTURE WITH SANTA
It all started when Derek and I first lived together in 2010. We think it’s crazy how much we’ve aged in just four years– less sleep, I guess?!
Then came Mya Marie and the pictures got cuter. This is the first year Mya requested gifts from Santa. Derek and I are hoping she’s not requesting the same items in 18 years!
Santa: What do you want for Christmas?
Mya: biiiguh suckuh, balls (translation: a big sucker and balls)
When we’re at the mall visiting Santa, Mya and Derek also snap a pic under the Disney store’s castle arch. Holy cow– she’s doubled in size!
And then the father-daughter pic at home with Santa hats…
This is a new tradition. But it was so much fun (when we did it a few weeks ago) that we’ll definitely be doing it every year. I don’t care if she’s 12 years old and “over it”.
I grew up making an ornament every year with my family; and I adore my parents’ eclectic tree sprinkled with all of our homemade treasures. This year, Mya did her hoop scribbles.
This year, Mya chose “Sass” (translation: Sofia). I chose a matryoshka doll (from Crate and Barrel) because she loves assembling and disassembling them with Derek.
Since I waited until November 30th to even start thinking about an advent calendar, I didn’t make one this year. But my Mom saved the day with a lego one.
MAKING SWEETS FOR SANTA
We went the easy route and created some powdered sugar donut snowmen. That’s what Santa said he wanted. With just three ingredients (and no baking!), Mya practiced her culinary skills.
I can’t wait to see Mya’s reaction to Santa’s visit in the morning. Merry Christmas, everybody! I’m too excited to sleep!