Our Christmas Traditions & The Greatest Gift Of All

Hey y’all! Hope you are doing well. As the holidays quickly approach, was wondering what your holiday traditions are and I’d thought I’d share some of ours.

I do love Christmas time, actually I’m a Christmas junky. My ringtone on my phone is the Elf theme song….ALLLLL year long🤣🙈

“Best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” My philosophy all year long🤣

And YESSSS! Elf is my favorite movie.

We have quite a few traditions, I can’t wait to hear y’alls.

I usually decorate my house November 1st, yep I’m THAT person! 🤣 Well, everything but my tree and the outside.

When it’s finally time to decorate the tree 🎄 we can only do it with White Fudge covered Oreo’s. It started many years ago. I bought them one year when the girls were little and we ate them while we decorated the tree. The next year rolled around and they were like “Mom, where are the cookies?” So I had to run out and find them before we could decorate the tree…..and so a tradition was born.

When I was diagnosed with Celiacs I had to make my own with gluten free with Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme and vanilla almond bark. Easy peasy and delish😋

Another one is every year we make cookies for Santa. We’ve had lots of little ones and friends join us many years. Last year we did it at our daughter and son in laws house. It was so much fun! We usually have a contest as well. My hubby likes to try and make the ugliest one. Meanwhile I’m trying to create a Pinterest picture of some designer cookie, lol knowing full well it will be an epic fail🤣

Another Hopkins family tradition is every Christmas we go to Kingwood Church to see Scrooge. It’s so amazing, like a broadway play. So many talented people at Kingwood and usually 1 or more of our daughters and son in law are in it every year as well.

The next one is on Christmas Eve we always eat yummy finger foods. Sausage ball-regular and gluten free, peanut butter balls, cheese and crackers with summer sausage, pigs in a blanket regular and gluten free, chips and rotel cheese dip, little quiche, corn dip…I’m sure I’m forgetting something. So much food 🐷 and as always, there’s last minute gift wrapping.

Even though the girls are 28, 26, and 23 my husband makes them sleep downstairs on Christmas Eve and no one can come up until he says so LOL. Now 2 are married and their husbands go along with it🤣

For breakfast I make homemade quiche (the day before) and cinnamon rolls. Oh and you can’t forget the Barnie’s Santa’s White Christmas coffee, it’s Ahhhmazing if you’ve never tried it. Treat yo self!😋

We still leave cookies and milk out for Santa and he loves them, even the gluten free ones😉 My husband also still leaves a Santa note to them which are always hilarious and something they look forward to reading.

I still do Santa gifts🙈 and have often done a scavenger hunt.

We watch A Christmas Story every year. Well, I mean it’s on 24 hours so you kinda can’t help it.

The last several years I’ve done an Elf party. It’s always so much fun.

Last years Elf party.Me and my girls😍😍😍First Elf party The first Elf party 🎉

When the girls were little we use to go to Callaway Gardens for the Christmas lights but we lived closer. Now we at least try and go look at lights somewhere over the holiday.

Another one we did when girls were little was we made a happy birthday Jesus cake. They loved doing that. Have you done that before?

And lastly, for the last 3-4 years I’ve started The Secret Christmas Elves, and we collect donations to go and pay out as many kids layaways at Walmart as we can and a gift card to at least one single mom. This tradition is super special to me and close to my heart because there are so many struggling families and 1 person may not be able to make a big dent in helping but when you come together and join forces we can do so much good and help so many! Making some little kid smile on Christmas Day and some parent who has worked hard and just needed a blessing…..it just warms my heart💗💗💗

So what are some of your family traditions?

As our kids grow up and get married, I’m reminded that some of our traditions will be passed on and some will go away, and then there will be new ones made as our family grows and I’m perfectly fine with that.

The best thing though is whatever day you celebrate on, it’s all about JESUS and being with our friends and loved ones.

So often the true meaning has gotten lost in hustle and bustle of the holidays. Parties, baking, gifts, and shopping…it’s all great. Who am I kidding I love me some shopping 🤣 but it’s not about all that. It’s about the greatest gift of all. JESUS. God gave his only son to save us.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7

The gift of Jesus brings the greatest joy to our lives and we need to share this gift so the whole world will know the love of our Savior. He gives us JOY, HOPE and everlasting love….and it’s all for you!

Jesus is the reason for the season!

God bless each one you. May you enjoy your friends and family so much this holiday season. Please share your traditions and I hope you make lots of new memories this year.

May you overflow with JOY unspeakable and remember that it’s all about JESUS! Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Mighty God, and Wonderful Counselor.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year sweet friends!

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

8 thoughts on “Our Christmas Traditions & The Greatest Gift Of All”

  1. I am so glad I met you and I am able to read your posts/ blogs. Your traditions sound like most of them involve many folks which makes them even more special. I guess the most unique tradition for my family happens Christmas morn. We open our stockings slowly taking turns between my husband and 22 yr old daughter. Then we eat a yummy breakfast and then open more gifts. After all is opened, two of us leave the room while the other one hides a green, shiny pickle ornament. The other two come back in and frantically search to see who can find it in the tree first. If so, they get an extra gift!!! Sometimes its baby Jesus, sometimes it is a scavenger hunt for money, or a gift card for the entire family to enjor together. We look forward to the pickle present each year! I hope that tradition will get passed on to other generations to come!

    1. Awe I’m so thankful God allowed us to cross paths. COTH is full of awesome peoples🥰😉

      I LOVE THAT!!! I’m on the hunt after church tomorrow to find a shiny pickle, lol. I’ve seen them before but didn’t really know abt them. Sean and I were talking abt it on the way home tonight from Grants Mill. I’m serving at 11 if you’re there come find me. Big hugs❤️🎄

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