We hope you liked our first 12 Traditions. Here are the next 13 Team Tolhurst Traditions, to carry you through to Christmas Day! (Sorry I am a little late in posting.) You can follow along on instagram | @sassianne @instasam_iam #25teamtolhursttraditions
13 :: Plan your Christmas meal
So many meals, so little time … get a jump start on planning your holiday meals. If you are anything like me, you’ll love the feeling of writing a big long list of everything from festive food to fancy table décor!
My favourite meal on Christmas Day (actually, any day) is Brunch! This year we are making individual baked egg dishes as well as a hash brown dish & of course coffee and mimosa’s!
14 :: Let’s get creative
There are so many ways to get creative at Christmas time. From wrapping, to wreathing, decking the halls, baking & planning party outfits, the list is endless. Find an avenue you like & go all out in getting your creative on!
15 :: Watch your favourite Christmas movies
We have a list of our top 25 Christmas movies that we like to cycle through each year. My top fave’s are :: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, The Holiday, Elf & Miracle on 34th Street.
16 :: Go ice skating outdoors
Now, in my mind this is such a romantic fun activity to do … in reality I am usually so cold within minutes of being outside that I rarely enjoy this experience! However, every year I try again, just to make sure …
17 :: See a local production
I have heard a number of people have an annual evening each Christmas to see The Nutcracker at the Ballet … I am determined to start this tradition in our family this year.
18 :: Buy a Christmas day dress
Growing up, my sisters and I would always buy a new dress to wear on Christmas day. A fun new look to celebrate in! Since being married my husband has carried on the tradition and continues to buy me a new dress each year. Yes, he picks it and yes, every year I have loved it!
19 :: Christmas Lights
Make a thermos of hot chocolate & drive around looking at Christmas Lights. Or if you are in Calgary, make a trip to the zoo to experience Zoo Lights!
20 :: Pick a gift wrapping theme + wrap your gifts
Oh how I love to wrap! It really is such a delightful experience for me. Each year I go out and buy my wrapping theme. And its not always “Christmasy” This year I have brown & white printed paper and neon coloured ribbon! Think outside the box!
Gather your friends and make a night of it.
21 :: Fill your Christmas Stockings
Last year Samuel and I started a new tradition where we made filling each others stockings into a game. We set a $50 limit, and had a limited time in 2 stores in which to purchase. It was fun & caused us to be decisive, quickly!
22 :: Buy Christmas Eve Pj’s
This is a tradition we have picked up since living in Canada, it seems to be quite popular here. I love putting on those fresh new jammies and getting cozy on Christmas Eve. I cannot wait to find some this year for Zeke!
23 :: Christmas Eve Service
There really is something magical about being at church on Christmas Eve. Whether it is midnight mass or earlier, stopping to reflect on the real reason we are celebrating, is both calming and refreshing after all the hustle and bustle.
24 :: Open a gift on Christmas Eve
Snuggle up with a cup of mulled wine & chocolate as you share a sneaky gift before the whirlwind of Christmas.
25 :: Sleep out by the tree & read the Christmas story
On Christmas Eve, Samuel and I love to move our bed out by the Christmas tree. We slow down, read the Christmas story and fall asleep to the rhythmic blinking of the twinkling lights.
There you go! 25 of our family traditions. Hope you enjoyed them and maybe picked up a few new ones for you and your tribe.
May you have a radiant Christmas & a delightful New Year!
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