Wednesday, December 9, 2015

First Day of Blogmas: Tradition

On the first day of Blogmas,The Coastie Couple shared a favorite holiday tradition...


Traditions are a funny thing. They hold different meaning for different families. They also take shape in many different ways. My favorite types of traditions are the ones that come about naturally - the ones where you look up five years down the road and realize that you do something the same way every year. Since we're still early in our marriage, we're still working on forming traditions and that's okay. There's also the military plays into our equation on a regular basis.

Since we are a military family, this topic was a bit difficult to figure out for us. The husband spends a lot of time away from home, which doesn't leave much room for tradition. Hopefully that will change in the future when we're stationed at a different unit. Until then, we make due with what we have and I've listed a couple of things that pass as tradition for us.

Decorating after Thanksgiving
I don't like that Thanksgiving is often overshadowed by Christmas. Christmas is my favorite time of the year but that doesn't mean it should overshadow other holidays. For this reason, I always wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate my place. I often choose to do it Thanksgiving weekend because I have extra time during the holiday break. This year was no exception - we decorated our apartment together on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Elf Shenanigans
Last year, I purchased a cheap elf ornament from Target and used it for a little fun while the husband was deployed. This year, the same elf has made an appearance in our apartment. The difference is that we're both moving him around and having a little fun with him. We've even turned it into a little game to make the holidays more fun. I foresee more elf shenanigans in our future - hopefully with kids someday!


Like I mentioned above, it's hard to keep traditions going when deployment schedules are a frequent part of our lives. We do the best with what we can and I foresee many more traditions developing in the future!

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7 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you on not letting Christmas overshadow Thanksgiving! We always try to wait until the first or second weekend of December to put up our tree. It really gets me in the Christmas spirit!

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    1. So glad we're not the only ones! I saw people with their trees up in early November. Poor Thanksgiving :(

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  2. I love the idea of elf shenanigans for just you two--we do the same year round with some of the stuffed monkeys that populate our house :)

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    1. Stuffed monkeys? Hmm...I might have to carry on the shenanigans past Christmas....

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  3. I love that you are doing Elf Shenanigans without kids! That's a fabulous idea!

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    1. It's making for some hilarious moments! And it's getting us prepared for when kids are in the picture. :)

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  4. I'm the same! Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday and it saddens me when people leave the dinner table to shop or they put up decorations early. I like to make it through the day and start my Christmas decorating when the weekend hits. :)

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