Our Family Christmas Traditions

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Growing up in a family rich with holiday traditions I couldn’t wait to add them into my own home as well as add some new ones of our own. I love traditions and hope that one day my kiddos will say I loved that...
“We did ______ every year.
Below is a list of our old and new Christmas traditions we have meshed together for our own little family over the last several years. I hope these traditions inspire you to create your own list!

The Thompson Family Christmas Traditions


Pick up, purchase, and decorate a tree together the week of Thanksgiving every year. 
The season is always kicked off by a Thanksgiving night hayride through a local Christmas light display. For those of you local to the Atlanta area check out the "Gaddy's light display on Sandy Creek Rd." They were on the great light fight show last season and always have an awesome display. We hook up a hayride to the back of a truck and kick off the season with two rides through the display. The first so you can see everything on the left side of the ride and the second you switch sides so you can be sure to see everything on the other side of the display. 
Elf on the shelf always makes an appearance at our house beginning the day after Thanksgiving. 
We watch a multitude of Christmas movies together as a family throughout the season but always included are: Christmas Vacation, Charlie Brown Christmas, Four Christmases, Elf, Elf on the Shelf, Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, The Christmas Story, and the Santa Claus. 
Christmas punch and cookies and tree decorating with our cousins at Grandma's house. One of our favorite traditions we wouldn't miss. 
Pink Pink at Macy's Lenox Mall– For those of you who are not native to Atlanta look it up. It’s such a fun tradition that includes a train ride on a pink pig on top of the mall. We love this sweet tradition and always go with my mom. 
We always spend at least one evening driving around looking at Christmas Lights in our Christmas PJs with a cup of cocoa while listening to Christmas music. 
Volunteering together as a family to give back to our community. We have volunteered at various organizations over the years but love using our time to give back to those who are not as fortunate as we are during this season. 
Leaving a basket of snacks and drinks at our front door for the delivery men and women who work long hours to make our lives a little easier this time of year. 
Christmas Eve Service and reading the Christmas Story before putting milk and cookies out for Santa. 
Day after Christmas shopping for all the deal on Christmas goodies for next year. 
Merry Christmas, sweet friends!

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