As the holidays draw nearer with every passing day, my thoughts go back to when I was young. Some of my most treasured memories are celebrating with family. One tradition my family has continued since I was little is getting together with my Dad's side of the family at my Grandparents home on Christmas Eve to trade gifts and visit.
|One of my favorite pictures of our two oldest kids on Christmas Eve from a few years ago.|
Since we are keeping this holiday tradition alive for our children in such a large family, we have to be creative with gift giving. Buying presents for everyone is not something we can do on a budget. That means we have all agreed to trade names for the younger generations, and everyone buys for as many kiddos as they are bringing. There are still plenty of gifts and toys under the tree, and we all get to enjoy those eyes light up when a little one unwraps their toys. I just love how keeping this tradition alive has kept our family close during the holidays and throughout the year. This year I am looking forward to our little guy's first Christmas with the entire family!
With toys to buy for both our traditional Christmas Eve holiday celebration, and for my own kiddos, I will be stopping by the Toyland Event held at my local Walmart on December 6th. I can't wait to share with you all the details after the event, and one of the cool toys I picked up for the present exchange at my family's Christmas Eve party. Make sure to check the list of participating stores and event dates to stop by and join in the fun at the Walmart Toyland Event in your area.
What is a Holiday Tradition your family observes to keep everyone close? I would just love to hear about it! ~ Amanda