We didn't really have many traditions growing up, but one thing that my parents did every year was get us a Hallmark ornament. Now, Hallmark is HUGE with my parents, and their tree is probably 98% Hallmark, and they have a huge tree. When we were little, my parents picked out a series for us. I have two for some reason. The first is the Crayola series. I get one of these each year. My parents gave me all of them when I moved out, so now they're on my tree :) I tried to get a shot with most of them. I hang them in clusters so you can see them all together. (this is not most of them, I couldn't get them all in!)
Here they are closer up
I guess you could also say that Christmas baking was a family tradition. We always made lots of treats when I was growing up, and I still do that every year. I look forward to when Cooper can help!
Some other things that are not family traditions, but that I want to start with Cooper are:
Letting him open a gift of Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve. I know that this isn't original, but I like it, and who doesn't want new PJ's?
Annnd, I'm pretty sure that the rest have to do with food :)
I want to start having some kind of Christmas Eve dinner tradition. Last year I made chicken parmesan and I am this year too, so that might become the tradition.
I also want to have a Christmas day breakfast and lunch/dinner tradition, but that's also TBD. This year we're having monkey bread for breakfast and pork tenderloin for lunch/dinner. I wanted to try to make a beef wellington but I think I'll save that for a later year when we can have Christmas at our house :)
What are some traditions that you guys do every year, or that you want to start? I'd love to get some more ideas!