One of the things our family has always pursued throughout our holiday season is to make memories with our children in a low stress way that is enjoyable for everyone. My favorite tradition is our tree decorating night. After finding our tree & bringing it home, my husband and I set it up in its stand and then add the lights. We make hot chocolate for the kids, a hot toddy for the adults and lay out Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes and Piroulines. We bump up the Christmas music and have all the ornaments laid out, too. We all hang out in a leisurely way and begin putting ornaments on the Christmas tree. The whole process is a walk through our family's collective history as we pull out ornaments from years past; a hand print ornament from when our little guy was a newborn, homemade stars from the girls, a jigsaw puzzle picture frame ornament handmade by our cousin when he was little (who is now a sophomore in college!), our 1st Christmas ornament from when we were first married and many more that I could go on & on about. Our ornament box also holds our Christmas pictures from every year since our oldest was a baby. This is my prize possession, and it's great fun to see how the kids have grown from year to year. It makes us stop and ponder how quickly they are growing up, and we vow to treasure every moment with them more from here on out. I'm reminded of that saying about raising children - I'm sure most of you have heard it - "The days are long, but the years are short." Isn't that what traditions are supposed to do, though? Aren't they supposed to help us know our loved ones better, appreciate them more and connect with them through collective experiences? I'm an avid believer of getting rid of those traditions that no one enjoys. We've tried a lot of things throughout the years that just didn't make the cut because the family, as a whole, just didn't enjoy them. What are your traditions? What are the activities you do with your family that bring you closer together? My hope for you this holiday season is that you find things to do with your loved ones that bring you joy and allow for connection and closeness. Its what the holidays are all about! Like PaperCanvasEtc on Facebook to keep connected with all of our ideas and offerings - Happy Designing!