Finding and implementing holiday traditions has been a bit of a struggle for us. We have things we want to do from our childhood, but some of them really don't work without kids so we couldn't do them at first. Some we found just seemed forced or overly trendy. We just didn't know what to do.
So year after year we just kinda made it up as we went. And now, lo and behold, 10 Christmases later we're realizing we have traditions! Things that have stuck around each year, things we never really intended on being traditions have turned into family favorites.
We don't have a set day that we decorate for Christmas. It varies every year. But, we've ended up with other traditions that are stable every time we decorate. The first year we were married we wore Santa hats while we put up our few and cheap decorations. The next year, we still had the Santa hats, so we wore them again when we decorated. And then the year after that. And by then it was a tradition. We wear Santa hats when we pull out the Christmas decorations and adorn the house.
Last night we pulled out the box of Christmas decor that survived the pre-move purging and of course the top 3 items in the box were the beloved Santa hats!
It's not an elaborate tradition, but we love it. It brings back memories of previous years and celebrations. And now as parents we'll get to see how the family grows and how the kids age year after year in the Santa hats.
And someday, maybe someday, I'll find a Santa hat that fits my over-sized head. :)