So in an effort to start our very own holiday traditions this year, we have been busy engaging in lots of festive activities to help get us in the Christmas spirit!
This year our traditions include:
MISTLETOE & MAGIC
Hadley & I drove to Tyler before Thanksgiving to go to Mistletoe & Magic for some early Christmas shopping! This hasn't always been a tradition of mine, but my mom, aunts, and grandmother had a tradition of going every year - so hopefully this will be one that Hadley & I will add to our list, as well.
HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE
LUNCH AT NEIMANS
And these are all just pre-Christmas activities. We will still make the drive to Tyler to celebrate Christmas Eve and Morning as usual, followed by our annual road trip to Houston to celebrate with the Guinn side of the family!
Before Mason and I were married, however, we had lots of special traditions of our own. As a child, my family always celebrated Christmas at my Grandmother's house. She was creative, crafty, and loved the holidays and had a way of making them magical. From her magnificent snow village to her Christmas tree made up only of angel ornaments that she collected over her whole life - I so vividly remember all of the tiny details that she put into making the season so memorable. When she died in 2005, it was definitely a major loss to our family and forced us to change the way we did a lot of things.
One tradition, however, has lasted. My Grandmother's handmade stockings.
For my birthday, Mason gave me a sewing machine which I had every intent on using to make stockings for this Christmas. Time was unfortunately a luxury that I did not quite have enough of during Hadley's first 7 months. So I decided to take a few short cuts with a pre-made stocking for this year. (I still plan to make and sew stockings for next year). *Also, not pictured: Mason's stocking which I am still working on.
We are so excited that Christmas week has finally arrived! I know that this one will be our very merriest one yet...