Hello! I am excited to be here sharing my holiday traditions with you! My Name is Christy Tomlinson and I am a mom to 6 awesome kids, wife to my husband Ben and mixed media artist and teacher! While in my normal life I am SUPER crafty, and love to create mixed media art.. my holiday traditions center more around the reason for the season, so I hope you will still be inspired to perhaps take some of these into your home with your families as well! I thought it would be fun to share three of my favorite traditions.. so let's get started! One tradition Always do as a family.. and have since the time my kids were little, are to give them Christmas Pj's on Christmas Eve. Right before bedtime. We gather to read the Christmas Nativity Story (more on that later).. and they each get to open their Christmas Pj's! When my kids were LITTLE I would make them pj's, all the same color.. but now that they are older and that isn't quite so "cool", my husband, Ben and I, always try to find ones that fit each of their personalities. I think the another reason we enjoy it so much is because it gets us all cozy for the rest of the evenings activities.. puts us in a cheerful mood and sets the tone for what we do next. It's fun for me and really fun for them as well!
The last tradition we always do each year.. is one that is VERY dear and near to my heart.
As long as I can remember on Christmas Eve, my parents always had us kids, act out the Nativity Scene, Christmas Story. My Parents divorced when I was 7, but both my dad and mom separately in their own homes, always continued that tradition on.. year after year. I grew up with 7 brothers and sisters and so each year, we would take turns getting to play the part of Mary, Joseph, The 3 Wise Men, The Angel and Sheppard's. It wasn't anything fancy.. we would just use our parents robes, sheets for dresses, and towels on our heads tied with my dads neckties, for head wraps. Growing up, my dad owned Many Shelters homes for the Mentally Ill and every Christmas Eve we would act out the Nativity scene while he read it out loud. It was always so neat to watch the faces of those wonderful souls.. who didn't have much in the way of Religion.. being touches by their hearts on that Christmas Eve. As we grew older, my Dad continued the tradition, even up through high school. Once we left the house, got married and started having kids.. he ALWAYS had us over on Christmas Eve, to again.. Act out and Read the Nativity scene, but this time with all the Grandkids. It was just something we always knew we were doing Christmas Eve. No matter what other activities we had planned for that night, we ALWAYS made time for that. As you can imagine as we have grown (my 7 siblings and I).. and our families have grown.. it has turned into a very big affair with over 28 grandchildren participating each year!
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