Everything from that first snowfall of the season, the random caroling, wrapping gifts for loved ones, to baking with care I love everything about the holidays. Now that I have a toddler in the house, it’s important for the husband and I to establish those all important holiday traditions with our little one. Establishing these traditions, like anything in our life, is a work in progress and I’m sure we’ll tweak what we’re currently doing and maybe add new things throughout the years.
Neither of us is particularly religious and so when C was born we had some decisions to make regarding how we intend to raise her on a spiritual level. The husband is ethnically Jewish (stemming from his mom) but we both grew up in Christian households (though neither of us classify ourselves as Christians as adults). We know that eventually we’ll have to have discussions with C about life’s biggest questions (who we are, where we came from, where we’re going, and why we’re here) and we’ll probably have things figured out by the time that becomes an issue. For us, in our current station in life, the biggest hurdle is how to handle the holidays. In order to honor the history of our families, we decided to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in our house each year. 2012 marks the second year we’ve celebrated both. It goes without saying that we also celebrate Festivus because, let’s be honest, we’re awesome. I thought I’d share some photos of our holiday decorations this year…enjoy.
One of my favorite things about the holidays is decorating the tree. It seems so silly to spend so much time putting up decorations only to take them down a month later but it’s worth the effort to have this beautiful, glowing tree in our living room. We had a blast putting up the ornaments. Pictured below are some of my favorites:
Please excuse the missing candles…I didn’t replace them before I took the picture. I want to mention that I purchased this Menorah at Target last year. I’ve only seen Hanukkah decoration (and a Menorah) offered at Target and Pottery Barn (/Pottery Barn Kids) and it makes me proud to shop at both stores because I appreciate that they are more diverse than their counterparts. There is a Menorah I’ve had my eye on but I may need to wait to purchase it until it’s a better fit for our budget.
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