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Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Here are just a few Christmas traditions our family does for this special time of year!

#1 – 25 Stories Leading up to Christmas

We’ve done this for several years & LOVE it! I go to the library & pick out 25 Christmas books. I wrap each one & print off numbers to stick to the front for each day. We read one story a night leading up to Christmas & I always save the best story for last. I do look at the books & calendar & depending on our schedule, I try to do shorter ones for church service nights or special events that we have going on in the month. It’s been a highlight for our family each year & I have some of the most precious pictures of our boys reading with Daddy.


#2 – 12 Days of Christmas 

This one is for my Hubby. 12 Days before Christmas I have pre-planned for him little gifts or thoughtful messages & I give him one gift a day until Christmas. I have the number of the day match how many items go with that gift. I printed out these cute little “On the First Day of Christmas” tags that I found on Pinterest & organized them with each gift. It can be anything as simple 3 e-cards that day, 4 notes for him to read from when we were dating, a 6 pack of soda, or a CD with 12 Christmas songs. I had so much planning this & surprising him each day!


#3 – The Johnson Express (Polar Express) 

One of our oldest son’s favorite things right now is The Polar Express. Another find on Pinterest, we planned our own little getaway night to surprise him with a trip to the North Pole. 😉 We put both boys in their pjs, had Bible time & prayer & had them go to bed like a normal night. After a couple minutes, we went to their room, flipped the light on & told them there was a surprise under their pillow. We had a “Johnson Express” ticket under each of their pillows. You can imagine the excitement in our home when they heard what we were doing!

My husband also decorated the inside of the van with Christmas lights & we had candy canes ready for the ride! Once they got outside, they found the conductor (with his hat & puncher) out by the “train” to punch their ticket before getting on. We also planned to pick up one of Josiah’s friends & took them with us for the trip. We drove a ways to get to our destination, looking at Christmas lights along the way, Once at our destination, we had them punch their tickets & we watched The Polar Express & had popcorn. Our son still talks about it to this day & we made so many funny memories that night! Image

#4 – Felt Christmas Tree

Last year I made a Christmas Tree out of felt for the boys to decorate as they wished. They loved decorating their own & I could always remind them that they had a special tree to decorate if they tried to rearrange the ornaments on the tree in the living room. 😉


#5 – Happy Birthday Jesus! 

We make a cookie cake for Jesus’ Birthday & let the boys decorate it.


#6 – Christmas Eve Dinner 

My husband & I wanted to do something special, but nice for Christmas Eve. We do an Oriental Theme dinner with all of our nice dishes & put out the chopsticks. We invite a couple families over & enjoy each other’s company while making sweet memories!


We keep adding to our list of traditions we do each Christmas…these are just a few ideas to make your Christmas time one of many memories! We would love to hear your ideas of what you do together as a family too!

Joyfully Serving Him,

Rachel Johnson

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