Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family

Here are 15 of our family’s Christmas Traditions.  I would love for you to adopt some of them for your own family :)

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Build a SnowmanWhen it snows, which isn’t all too often, we try to build a snowman :)

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Build a Snowman

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Write letters to Santa

We right letters every year to Santa.  We don’t send them to the North Pole though, we write them on Christmas Eve and leave them out with our snacks for Santa.  My Mom even bought this awesome ornament for us to leave our letters in!

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Write letters to Santa

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Santa and his Reindeer at Beaver Bark

Our tradition is to visit Santa and his reindeer at Beaver Bark in Richland.  I loooooove that I can pay to take my own photos of the kids with Santa.  I usually get tons of images, including that *one* image with Santa all Moms want :)

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Santa and his Reindeer at Beaver Bark

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Wrap a book to read

I think we’ve done this for two or three years.  We will find at least 25 Christmas/Holiday/Winter books, wrap them up (either in newspaper or wrapping paper), then write numbers on them to unwrap one every day of December until Christmas.  Super fun, great way to add in reading to your daily routine!Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Wrap a book to read

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Sing Christmas Carols

 Now, I’m a big singer.  We turn on the Christmas Pandora station early-mid November.  I hope in the next couple of years I can talk some of my friends in to taking our kids around to carol at different locations :)

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Sing Christmas Carols

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Senske Light Show

 The light show is one of our FAVORITE things to do here in the Tri-Cities.  Senske always puts on a fabulous show, and they just keep adding more awesome stuff every year!  Grab a thermos of Hot Cocoa and head down!

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Senske Light Show

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Pajamas & Ornaments on Christmas Eve

Every Christmas Eve, my kids get to open two gifts, one is their Christmas pajamas, the other is their ornament for the tree.  My goal is to send them packing with a tub full of personal ornaments when they move away and get a tree of their own :)

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Pajamas & Ornaments on Christmas Eve

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Make Paper Snowflakes

We love doing this.  We cut out paper snowflakes and tape them up around our home, usually on the windows.

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Make Paper Snowflakes

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Lighted Boat Parade

The lighted boat parade is something new we’ve started doing.  We loaded up the van one year with our crew at the time, grabbed some lunchables and headed down to the river.  Not totally sure if we’ll do it this year, maybe if we have a sleeping baby… :)  Although, it is the 50th anniversary presentation!

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Lighted Boat Parade

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Do a holiday craft

You’ve got to do SOMETHING with your kids where they can get all messy ;)  Or, you can do something simple, and fun, and not so messy!  Paper chains are always a winner!

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Do a holiday craft

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Go Sledding

Again, we don’t get too much snow here in the Tri-Cities, but when we do, we try to make the most out of it.  This year we have a plan to visit the nearest golf course to check out their hill!
And who can forget this classic moment in movie history ;)

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Go Sledding

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Family Movie Night

Family movie night!  We have lots of these :)  We have our stack of holiday movies out and we usually can watch all of them throughout December. Add in hot cocoa and cookies or popcorn and you’ve got some good, quality family time!

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Family Movie Night

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Decorate the tree

This goes without saying, decorate.the.tree.  My kids are old enough to handle the more delicate ornaments now, but if they’re younger, perhaps a small tree of their own they can decorate?

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Decorate the tree

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Decorate Cookies

This is a long-time tradition for our family.  I remember making tubs and tubs of Christmas cookies growing up, and so.much.decorating!! :)  We’ve scaled it down quite a bit, and this is usually where our Santa snacks come from.

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Decorate Cookies

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Christmas card photoOf course, as a photographer, I could never leave this out ;)  However as a Mom, it’s really important to me also.  We’ve done photos every year, and so far, we’ve only *almost* missed sending out cards one year :)  I can’t wait to put together our cards for this year!

Adored by Meghan's holiday traditions to start or continue with your family Christmas card photo

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Richland, WA Baby Photographer :: mini-milestone session!

If you’re a fan of Adored by Meghan’s, you might notice that every so often I run a special for newborn sessions.  I offer a BOGO: ‘Buy’ your newborn session and receive either a free maternity mini-session or a free baby milestone mini-session.  This family came back for round 2 with a belly-to-baby session, so they received a free milestone mini!  However, we tried to amend the deal a bit, and I was to take photos for their baby’s 100th day (a special day in their culture), however, that 100 day mark was right around the time I was due with baby #3!  In the end, their 100 day session didn’t work out and we ended up doing a milestone mini anyhow!  The milestone minis are usually for the baby’s only, however I made an exception here because his grandparents were still in town and were about to leave, so I was able to sneak in one last photo of them and their two grandbabies before they did :)

I LOVE this age!  Babies tend to be very smiley, have pretty good control on their tummy, and are just about sitting up, all milestones that should be documented on film! :)

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4 Responses to “Richland, WA Baby Photographer :: mini-milestone session!”
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  1. Omg, what a cutie! Great shots!

  2. OMG! He is such a cutie. I love the one of him blowing bubbles;-)

  3. Claudia Aguilar

    Oh my what a cutie

 
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