Like I mentioned in my holiday traditions post, every year we like to take photos as a family to recap the year and leave a memento to look back on. This year was filled with more love than I could’ve imagined, with an incredible girl to spend the rest of my life nurturing and caring for, a family that surprises me every single day and a job that is SO much more than a job to me! Not to mention each and every person who has taken the time to support me in ways large and small. I truly couldn’t have asked for more, and on Christmas I have to take a moment to celebrate these blessings.
We hope your day is brimming with joy and warmth no matter what ups and downs you experienced this year, and that it leaves you ready to take on the beautiful new year ahead!
From our family to yours.
Tamera, Adam, Aden and Ariah.
Hey everyone! How is it possible that December goes by so fast every year? From baking cookies with Aden to dressing up in ugly sweaters on The Real, I’ve definitely had a festive holiday season to say the least, but it still feels like it’s flying by! I wanted to take a moment to share our favorite ways to celebrate the season in the Housley household.
Family photos + Santa photos.
Remember Aden’s Santa pictures from last year? We love the tradition of taking Christmas photos each year. It’s so fun to look back on them and see how things have changed and how we all have grown in the past year. It’s amazing to think that last year my pregnancy was a big secret, it was still early on, but now Ariah’s making her first debut in all our photos!
I always try to do some baking during the holidays, no matter how busy it gets. Festive treats and drinks are some of the best things about December, besides Christmas itself of course. Last year I baked yummy bread and whipped up the easiest hot cocoa ever (pregnancy cravings brought on that one, but I’m not opposed to making that a tradition), and this year, it’s all about Christmas cookies and warm comfort foods.
Elf on the Shelf.
It didn’t take long for The Elf on the Shelf to become a tradition in our house. If you don’t know what all the hype is about, the elf and book are a story that explain how Santa’s visit the family each morning (in a new surprising place that the littles can discover) and then report back to the North Pole each night before Christmas. Once you break this little guy out, it’s time to get clever with his hiding spots!
Whether it’s a few people stopping by or a full-on family reunion, who doesn’t love an excuse to hang out with their loved ones? Aden loves getting the chance to have other little ones around his age over, and it’s always fun to play hostess for a few hours.
These may not be the craziest activities you could spend the holidays doing, but quality time and quality food – you can’t beat it!
Share your traditions with me below.
We love getting festive around here so the Christmas tree and holiday décor went up as soon as we came out of our turkey day food comas. It may look like summer outside those windows, but inside the Housley house is a winter wonderland. Take a look…
We’ve officially got four stockings on display now. I must say it fills out our mantel nicely. And yep, that is indeed Elf on that shelf.
We had to do a little rearranging to fit in our tree, so this spot is looking much cozier. I swapped out some throw pillows for more festive ones and hung our wreath in the window.
Hints of Christmas all over our home now…
Now onto the tree. This is a busy household this year so we opted for a fake tree to hopefully make decorating easier and quicker. I’m relieved that there aren’t pine needles everywhere, but perfecting this setup was a labor of love!
We have all our special ornaments, lights, garlands and this year – a full-on train too. Aden is obsessed so it had to be done.
Share a pic of your decorations!
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s hard to believe it is 2015. 2014 was such an exciting year. I worked with phenomenal people for The Real, received an award, announced my book series, launched this website, and watched my baby grow. I also had a relaxing Christmas spent with family. We exchanged gifts, visited Santa, baked breadand enjoyed great company:
Showing off my gift wrapping skills. One of my favorite things to do during the holidays.
Took Aden to go see the festive Christmas lights. He was entranced by Charlie Brown.
Presents time! Very contemplative… Lol.
I showed the beginnings of the Housley tree on Instagram… Here’s the finished product lighting up the room.
Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years! Here’s to a new year of adventures!
Hope you all enjoyed the homemade holiday bread recipe I posted the other day. Luckily I was able to get in some Christmas baking and decorating, despite being under the weather with bronchitis for a big part of the month. But it was so nice to spend time doing festive holiday activities with my family regardless. I have more photos to share on Friday, but I just had to post these two of Aden today! We couldn’t let this year’s holiday season come and go without taking a trip to The Grove to see Santa!
We took two different photos of Aden on Santa’s lap… You tell me which one is more frame-worthy!
At first he thought Santa was slightly crazy…
…But the second time around he got in the Christmas spirit and gave us a big smile!
Santa doesn’t look quite as happy, though, ha! So glad we were able to get some photos printed for the holidays. It’s nice to have these to look back on and reminisce on in the future.
Have you taken the famous Santa pictures with your little ones at Christmas? Would love to see them.
Wishing you all a beautiful, joyful and peaceful Christmas. I know sometimes it’s hard to relax amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, etc. But let’s remember to take this time to be thankful and to enjoy our family and friends. I pray the new year brings you many blessings.
There will also be a fun announcement in the New Year… Can’t wait to share with you all. Make sure you come back and visit the website!