Growing up, my family had all sorts of family traditions. There were always activities or food that we looked forward to for each holiday.
We even had traditions for the first day of school! The breakfast table was always set with a “first day of school” card at our plates and my mom made a special breakfast.
Holidays were a big deal.
But I have a confession to make…..
As a wife and mom, I’m not so good at making holiday traditions.
The first six years of our marriage my husband and I didn’t do a whole lot for holidays. I decorated the house for the seasons and usually made a few treats at Christmas time, but that was it.
We didn’t create traditions. We figured that we needed to have kids in order to start family traditions.
But there are so many traditions that we could have done without children!
I wish that I had sat down and figured out some traditions for us at that time. Of course, I can’t go back and change time, but I do encourage anyone, whether you have children at home or not, to be deliberate about holiday traditions.
For the most part family traditions usually don’t just occur. Momma has to plan in order for the traditions to happen!
So I’ve made a solution.
I created a holiday traditions printable to plan and organize traditions for each holiday.
Using this printable will make keeping traditions much easier! I’m super excited about this printable because I am finally figuring out how to make pretty printables. Slowly but surely, I’m catching on to the techie side of blogging. 🙂 This printable is in PDF form so it is easy to download and print.
I divided the printable up into minor holidays and major holidays and included more space for writing in traditions for the major holidays.
Minor Holidays: New Year’s Day,Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day,
Major Holidays: Easter, Halloween/Fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
(I know Halloween and fall aren’t major holidays, but there are always a lot of things to make and activities for fall. That is why I included it with the major holidays.)
Feel free to print it and fill out as much or as little as you want. I tried to provide adequate space, but don’t feel like you need to come up with a ton of ideas. Maybe you could start with one or two traditions and add to it through the years.
I printed mine on plain printer paper, put them in page protectors*, and added them to my binder where I keep my home management files.
If you want ideas for traditions, think back on your childhood and include some of your favorite traditions. Ask your spouse and children for ideas and things they would like to do. Check out Pinterest. You can follow me here. I’m currently pinning lots of fall and Christmas goodness!
During the whole month of October I will be focusing on getting organized for Christmas. I’ll be sharing ideas and printables for general planning, food preparation, having guests, and gift ideas. So make sure you subscribe via email or follow along on Facebook so you don’t miss out!