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My Family's Holiday Traditions

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Faith Hill

Faith Hill

Warner Brothers
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year: the decorations, the smells, the food, the family -- I love it all! Growing up, we played all the great Christmas albums around the house, from Eddy Arnold to Johnny Mathis to Nat King Cole. Personally, I couldn’t wait for the claymation shows to come on television like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman. I knew when those shows were coming on, especially Rudolph, and I planned a week in advance for them. I got my homework done, had dinner, got my bath, and then I was in front of the TV watching Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, just like the year before and the year before that. It was tradition and to this day, I still love watching those shows -- only now I watch them with my girls.

Christmas Means Family

Traditions run deep in my family, and Tim and I have our own traditions that we’ve started with our children. It starts with the decorating of the tree on our youngest daughter Audrey’s birthday, December 6. This is a family night, and we pull out all the ornaments the kids have made; they hang on the tree alongside ornaments that Tim and I have from our childhoods and ones we’ve bought over the years. We drink hot chocolate and play Christmas music; it’s the start of the Christmas season at our home.

And Elf Mischief!

The night we decorate the tree is also the night that the elves begin their nightly visits. Each of the girls has an elf doll that comes alive at night, and these elves are very mischievous. Each night the girls leave Saltines, water and a letter for each elf. The next morning, the elves have responded to their letters and have run rampant during the night, unrolling all the toilet paper in one of the bathrooms, getting into the freezer to get ice cream and leaving it out on the counter overnight -- we never know what we are going to wake up to!

The Kitchen Comes Alive

During this season, we also do a lot of baking. We make cookies, cakes and holiday treats for friends and neighbors, and we go caroling. It’s a magical time of year.

On Christmas Eve, we continue a tradition that Tim grew up with. He makes homemade spaghetti and sauce; it’s an all-day affair. After dinner, everyone gets to open one present, which is always new Christmas pajamas to wear that night. We read the Christmas story from the Bible. Before we tuck the girls into bed, the girls leave special food for Santa’s reindeer and hope to hear his sleigh bells!

Christmas morning is a flurry of activity with the girls racing downstairs to see what Santa has brought. I love to see the excitement on the girls’ faces.

Looking Ahead

As January rolls around, we continue to be thankful for all that we have been blessed with and look forward to the New Year. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

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