And I mean big.
Big tree, big spirit, big fun.
And we have a lot of traditions too. That huge tree being one of them. It’s not always easy to find a fresh cut tree that big, but we always manage. Some other traditions include setting up our nutcracker collection, listening to our favorite CD (Snoopy’s Christmas) and doing puzzles while we watch holiday movies.
But one of the things we love doing every year is adding new holiday traditions. You can never have too much Christmas spirit and I love the idea that our kids may pass some of these traditions down to their own children. A couple of years ago we added an elf to our traditions, and last year we added a Hallmark North Pole Communicator. All of these little things do something amazing for our kids – they continue to bring the magic of Christmas alive year after year.
Hallmark is one of our favorite brands for helping establish new holiday traditions, and this year they have pulled out all of the stops with a whole line of new toys and gifts based off of their new movie Northpole. Northpole will premiere on The Hallmark Channel on November 21st and has multiple showings throughout the season. We are looking forward to adding the movie to our holiday favorites list and watching it while we do our puzzles. In the meantime, we had some fun with some of the new Northpole by Hallmark toys created just for the movie.
We got ours from Walmart – check out the huge display and selection!
We picked out a few things that we thought were both fun and will help us create new traditions.
- Once Upon A Northpole Christmas story book + Find me Santa Snowflake. ($19.97 – Exclusively at Walmart)
- 2 Magic snowballs ($2.97 – Walmart promo price)
- Dance like an Elf Country Version ($19.88 – Exclusively at Walmart)
- An extra Find Me Santa Snowflake ($9.88)
The story book and ornaments are sure to become a tradition with the heartwarming story and the ornament that lights up and changes color to help Santa find our house. The magic of Christmas is alive and well around here and I can’t wait until Christmas Eve when they can turn the ornaments on and fall asleep dreaming of Christmas Day. You can learn more about the Find Me Santa Snowflake in this video: Northpole: Find Me, Santa! Snowflake Commercial.
The magic snowballs are just so much fun, the whole family loves them. My daughter said we should get a ball pit and fill it with them. I think that’s a great idea!
By far the most fun new tradition is the Dance Like an Elf musical speaker. What fun they had! This video of them dancing is pretty long but I couldn’t bear to edit a single second of it.
I think we will bring this out on Christmas day and get everyone in the family to join in the fun!
All of these new traditions are based upon the fun that comes with this time of year, but another important tradition that we have as a family is remembering why we celebrate Christmas. For us, Santa embodies the spirit of giving that Jesus inspires and the hope and joy we all have with the promise of eternal life that we have because of Christ. We try and reflect that as much as possible with our traditions.
But we are also parents, and another tradition we have is ensuring some good behavior with Santa’s ‘Nice List’ Checklist. You can add anything you want to the checklist. It can be daily chores or a single one-time activity that inspires your kids to reflect the spirit of the holidays themselves. We have things like “help your sister with her homework one day”, “clean up after dinner without being asked” and “go a whole day without a complaint”. Each child gets their own list and they strive to have all 12 ornaments checked off before Christmas. It’s fun to save these and pull out the completed ones year-after-year to see how the activities change as the kids get older. (Click the image for a higher-res image that you can print.)
What are your favorite holiday traditions?