The weekend after Thanksgiving is my favorite weekend of the year. Every year our family spends Friday night shopping for our Christmas tree. We also buy five new ornaments, one for each member of the family which we label with our names and dates.
We spend the rest of the weekend making our home festive. On Saturday while listening to Christmas music we string the lights then each place our own new ornament on the tree followed by ornaments from years past. Over the years our tree has grown and so has our ornament collection.
I grew up with few traditions so I’ve made a point to create traditions with my kids that we faithfully follow every year. Spending this weekend together is one of those traditions. As the kids get older and lose interest in family time it makes days like this even more special. We forget shopping, and friends, and extended family. We turn off the outside world and focus on each other.
After decorating the house I make hot chocolate while the kids make a huge bed on the floor next to the tree. The rest of the evening is spent watching our favorite Christmas movies under the twinkling lights of our new tree. We usually start with Elf staring Will Ferrell then we watch favorites like Home Alone and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
I hope when my kids become parents they continue this tradition with their own families. By the time they marry and move on I may have enough Christmas ornaments to decorate three trees.