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Holiday traditions keep moms feeling festive

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Holiday traditions make lasting memories for moms

Whether you’re continuing traditions from your own childhood or starting new ones with your family, the best holiday traditions color the fabric of our memories. Moms can run themselves ragged during the holidays, but at Savvy Sassy Moms, our favorite traditions — and smiles that come with them — make all that work worth it.

Holiday traditions

Rebecca from Mainely Mama

We have a favorite tree farm we go to every year! In November, we go and pick out and “tag” our tree. We mark it with a lobster buoy, and in December we go back and cut it down.

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Kim from Agoura Hills Mom

I decided that even though I live far away from all of my kids’ grandparents and that makes me very sad and homesick, the bright side is that we have no place to go on Christmas day. No obligations.  No rituals that we must execute. It’s all up to us. We can keep the things we like from our childhoods and toss what doesn’t work for us.

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Amanda from The Fix-Its

My husband grew up celebrating St. Nick’s Day on December 6. We are starting the tradition with our kids that they leave out a stocking the night before, and their Christmas jammies will be waiting in the morning.

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Elizabeth from Chasin’ Mason

Since my son is young, we just started this tradition last year, but we do 25 days of Christmas books. I wrap up 25 Christmas books, and he gets to unwrap one book a night until Christmas and we read it together. He loves being able to open a present, and he loves reading so it’s win-win. I put the books under the little tree in his room, and I’m so excited this year because he seems to really “get” it and is thrilled about his very own little Christmas tree!

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Shanna from Beloved Nest

Every year, we love to load up the whole family — grandparents, nieces, cousins — and go see Christmas lights. One of our favorites is the Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights. It’s so magical, and everyone loves it regardless of age!

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Kristin from My Strange Family

Going to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! (For more spectacular New York City holiday moments, check out Kristin’s Instagram.)

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Julia from My Life in Transition

My mom’s family has a tradition that I’m continuing. We take a picture of the kids buried under shredded wrapping paper, after the gifts have been opened. I’ve attempted to get this shot every year since having kids, and it’s always a challenge since nobody wants to pose under the paper when there are new toys to enjoy!

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It’s a fun way to watch the kids grow over the years, and I love looking back on the photos my mom took of my brother and I growing up, peeking out from under the Christmas wrapping paper.

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Liz from Ellie and Addie

We like to have a holiday pajama party while decorating our tree and watching the Christmas Vacation movie!

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Carrie Beth and Jen from The Magnolia Mamas

For anyone not from the Atlanta area, the Pink Pig might sounds like a silly thing that has nothing to do with Christmas, but in fact, it does!  Priscilla, the Pink Pig, was first introduced in the 1950s as a holiday ride at Rich’s downtown store to take children through the toy department.

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Later, it was featured at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees and now the ride’s home is at Macy’s Lenox Square. The ride is set up in a giant pink tent and takes children and families through a life-sized storybook all about Priscilla and her friends.  It’s an Atlanta holiday tradition that families, like ours, have been enjoying for years!

We’d love to hear about your holiday traditions, too!

Meet the Author | Angela Amman

Angela Amman is a short story and essay writer. Collecting her family's stories is a gift-in-progress for her daughter and son, and she blogs at Playing with Words, capturing the craziness and beauty that weave together to create something extraordinary. As the co-director of Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit, Angela is thrilled to bring others' stories to the stage and to celebrate the magic of words, storytelling, and the courage to share that magic with an audience. When she should be sleeping, she works on her latest short story collection. Her writing has been featured on Mamalode, Peacock Journal, and Scary Mommy. Her personal essays and short stories have appeared in her collection, Nothing Goes Away, and various anthologies.

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