Before becoming a mother, the holidays meant events. Work parties. Ugly Sweater parties. White Elephant exchanges with friends. Cookie exchanges. Parties. Parties. Parties.
And well, let’s just say, post baby holidays are a bit… slower.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
In fact, I love being able to focus on starting new traditions with her.
I remember as a kid cutting sugar cookies with my mom, being woken up at 2 a.m. by my dad coming to snuggle with his daughters, claiming he heard reindeer on the rooftop. We never slept after that! I loved my grandmother’s tree– decked out in birds each year.
These are a few of the things I want to carry on. These are the sort of traditions I want my children to remember.
But I’m also hoping to start a few of my own.
I have to keep reminding myself– all in due time.
One new tradition we began last year: collecting holiday themed children’s books. We hope to have our collection finished in the next two years or so– slowly building up to 31.
The books we have so far include a handful of story books I grew up with. And we’ve also found few new favorites to add to the mix. I especially loved coming across a couple of DC holiday stories, A Christmas Tree in the White House and The 12 Days of Christmas in Washington DC. What kid won’t love reading a book based in her hometown?!
My favorite holiday stories for kids:
- A Christmas Carol
- A Christmas Tree in the White House
- Christmas in the Big Woods
- Dream Snow
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Olivia Helps with Christmas
- Room for A Little One: A Christmas Tale
- Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- The Night Before Christmas
- The 12 Days of Christmas in Washington DC
- The Nutcracker
Inspiration for Holiday story advent, found here.
If you think I’m missing a story, please let me know!