Christmas Traditions

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As I’m sure it is for many of you, this is a crazy week prepping for Christmas. With Jackson around and so aware of what’s going on, we’re stepping up our game and going Christmas crazy! There has been a school Christmas program and visit to Santa. We’ve got an advent calendar, the elf (along with a Reindeer on the Roof to keep him company), we’re on our second round of making cookies (this time, for Santa), and tomorrow I’ll be spending a good portion of the day getting dinner ready.

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With Christmas Eve being tomorrow, I wanted to share a few favorite traditions that we’ve recently started for our family, as well as some photos from the last couple of years with our crazy fun little man: 

  • New Christmas Ornaments // Every year we go to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan where there is no shortage of ornament options. We’ve picked up everything from “snowman family” showing our new addition of Jackson, a new house ornament and, of course, pennants for our respective teams. 
  • Tex Mex Christmas Eve // We started this on our first Christmas in our house in Houston after Jackson was born. Clint and I LOVE Tex Mex and can never get enough, but we try to fancy it up for Christmas Eve. I’ve made chicken enchiladas with homemade sauce and green salsa, a seriously fancy pants King Ranch Chicken and this year it is a jalepeno pesto pork loin, chipotle scalloped potatoes and green beans, followed by apple cake and gingerbread (all from the Homesick Texan’s Family Table). I’m also going to try to make kolaches for the first time on Christmas morning, so I hope that works out and becomes a new tradition!
  • Present Prep + Quiet Time // Also a post-Jackson tradition, Clint and I spend a few minutes quiet and by ourselves before we go to bed on Christmas Eve. We’ll assemble any presents that Santa needs help with for the next morning and then have a glass of wine and open our gifts from each other. It’s just always nice to have a minute to ourselves and to get everything perfect for Christmas morning.

I’m so excited for this holiday week with our family, so I’m going to take a little blog break and am not going to be posting here for the rest of the week. I’m sure there will be plenty of Instagram sharing, so I hope you’ll follow me there (@ninarand). I wish you all a very happy holiday week and I hope you enjoy lots of fun, food, laughs and love with your family and friends. Merry Christmas and I’ll see you next week! 


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