New Holiday Traditions

Our Holiday this year is a little different since we are not spending it in our home, but I still want it to be special and create special memories for our kiddos. In the past, I've been hit and miss about about doing everything I planned on for the Holidays. As soon as its December 1, time flies until Christmas. I decided to make a list of New Holiday Traditions, that I want to do every year with my kids. Here's My List 

1. Wrapping Presents Prettier
I love wrapping presents, some years I go 'wrapping crazy' other years simple and lots of gift bags. I recently bought some adorable handmade gift tags from esty seller Kerry of Halle Handmade who is also the blogger behind First Time Fancy. I adore the handmade & hand painted chalk board gift tags, they are so sweet!! I really love the 'Special Delivery Tag.' The tags have inspired me to take extra time this year and wrap each present with love & I love that I can re-use them :)

2. Gingerbread House
Last year we attempted to DIY a Gingerbread, it tastes delicious but the house its self was a hot sizzling mess it looked like and abandoned gingerbread crack house This year I decided a kit was the way to go, we picked up a gingerbread from Target on sale for $8 bucks. I think they are on sale until Sat, so stop in there if your planning on making one this year. I'm sure I'll buy some extra candy to make the house extra cute.  
{ via William Sonoma } 

3. DIY Advent Calendar
I've wanted to make a DIY Advent Caledar for a while, with so many cute ideas out there, it was hard to narrow it down to one idea. I loved the little white muslin bag advent calender, they can be filed with treats for the kiddos or an ornament to hang on the tree. Since we are going with a small tree this year, I've decided treats will be perfect. I ordered my little muslin bags off and when they arrive, I'll blog about this little Holiday Project. I'm crossing my fingers they arrive by Dec First 

4. Holiday Cards 
Last year we started the tradition of taking our own Holiday pictures for our holiday cards. Over the weekend we took some DIY family pictures. I'll share our Holiday cards soon. Here's one of my favorite pictures, I took on Saturday. 

5. Making an ornament with the kids
I plan on buying some clear glass ornaments and filing the inside with pretty paint, should be fun and easy project. 

6. Make Holiday Cookies and Decorate them!
I haven't made homemade decorative sugar cookies in while, because they are so labor intensive. Way too many steps involved, so I plan on breaking up the steps as recommend on various cookie blogs. I adore these darling cookies from Martha Stewart, they are so cute. I know won't come out half as cute, but that's ok I'm looking forward to creating those memories and wathcing my oldest help my frost the cookies.

7. Holiday Drinks 
I can't wait to make & enjoy hot caramel apple cider, hot cocoa and white chocolate mocha and of course adult Holiday drinks.
8. Homemade Peppermint Bark
We made homemade peppermint bark last year, and I'm looking forward to making more. Boy is it addicting! I also came across a yummy peppermint bark brownie recipe and I'm can't wait to make it. Here's my recipe

9. Watch Holiday Movies
I shared our favorite Holiday movies last year, I can't wait to snuggle up with some blankets and one of the above mentioned drinks and watch the movies again. I can't wait to watch The Family Man, one of my favorites

(via IMDB)

10. Holiday Baking for Family & Friends
I plan to do lots of baking this Holiday season and thought it would be nice to give family and friends mini loafs of: pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini and walnut bread. I love these paper liners I found via Amazon I love the idea of wrapping these up and giving them to family and friends along with the recipe. 

It's going to be a fun & busy Holiday season and I can't wait to checking off items on our New Holiday Traditions list. I'll blog about our New Holiday Traditions as we do them. 

What are some of your family Holiday Traditions? Have you started any new ones this year?