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holiday traditions to start with your little ones

Decking out our homes in holiday décor. Seeing the streets all lit up with twinkling lights after dark. Breathing in the scents of nutmeg, peppermint, and pine. File the entire holiday season under things that make us feel like a kid again…

When you’re a kid, nothing compares to this time of year. And now that some of us have little ones of our own, we’re experiencing the true magic of the holidays all over again. At our last editorial meeting, we started talking about holiday traditions, and went around and shared our favorite ones from our own childhood. If you’re a new mom, this time of year offers the perfect chance to introduce your favorite holiday traditions to your babe, and maybe start some brand new ones together, too. So today we’ve partnered with Pottery Barn Kids, where we do so much of our holiday shopping for little ones, to share our favorite traditions to start with your family. We hope they will inspire your own celebrations this year. Check out our ideas and suggestions below!

1. Pick Out a Personalized Ornament Each Year

Pottery Barn Kids personalized ornament

Pottery Barn Kids ornaments

This can be an especially sweet tradition to start for baby’s very first Christmas. Every year, you pick out one new ornament with either a photo of your little one or the year written on it, to commemorate each special stage in your child’s life. One of our editors did this in her family growing up, and her parents still have this special collection of keepsake ornaments for each of their kids. Each ornament holds a special memory and meaning from that holiday season. If you’re looking to start this tradition too, Pottery Barn Kids has plenty of photo frame ornament options, along with some seriously adorable personalized and commemorative ornaments for 2017!

2. Cozy Up in Holiday Jammies

Pottery Barn Kids Pajamas for the holidays

Pottery Barn Kids jammies

Pottery Barn Kids holiday pajamas

Pottery Barn Kids holiday pajamas

The holiday season is a time to get cozy, and we can’t think of a cuter way to do so than in new PJs. This tradition has become quite the trend lately, and we’re totally into it! It’s a simple but sweet custom for your kiddos to get excited about each year, and makes for some really adorable photos. It works well for whatever holiday you celebrate, too—you can have your kids unwrap and wear their new winter pajamas on Christmas Eve or the first night of Hanukkah. We’ve even heard of some families getting matching sets for everyone—adults included! PBK has the cutest selection of pajamas, ranging from winter and Christmas motifs to classic gingham or tartan prints (this little Fawn Hat & Onesie Set might be our favorite though!). You can complete your kiddo’s cozy look with warm, fuzzy slippers like these Critter Faux Fur Slippers we picked up and a Critter Wrap for after the bath.

3. Shop for a Gift for a Less Fortunate Family

holidays with Pottery Barn Kids

holidays with Pottery Barn Kids

If you’re going to start just one holiday tradition with your family, let this one be it. This tradition really captures what the holiday season is all about, and fosters a sense of empathy and generosity in your kiddos, too. It’s a great way to start a conversation with your little ones about those who are less fortunate than they are, and how important it is to help these families not only during the holidays, but all year round. Once they are old enough, have your child help in the gift selection process or come with you to take the present to a children’s hospital or homeless shelter. It’s so simple to click ‘add to cart’ to one more item when you’re shopping on PBK’s website, and it makes a huge difference in the life of a child who might not be receiving anything for Christmas otherwise.

4. Stuff a Stocking or Hanukkah Countdown Calendar

Pottery Barn Kids stockings

holiday traditions with Pottery Barn Kids

Some of our fondest childhood memories involve pulling tiny trinkets and treats out of our stockings or unwrapping little gifts on each night of Hanukkah. It’s true that good things come in small packages, and sometimes receiving a selection of smaller gifts is just as much fun as unwrapping big ticket items! If it’s your babe’s first Christmas, you can kick off the tradition by picking out a stocking to stuff year after year. They have so many cute ones, but we were especially obsessed with PBK’s Faux Fur Stocking Collection. Pottery Barn Kids also offers personalization on all their stockings, so you can have your little one’s name embroidered on the top. If you celebrate Hanukkah, you can also take part in the tiny gift tradition with the Dreidel Countdown Calendar. Depending on the age of your kiddo, you can fill your stocking or Hanukkah calendar with things like favorite snacks, homemade treats, bath toys, a charm necklace, nail polish, a pocket microscope, walkie talkies, or any of these other stocking stuffers.

5. Pose For Family Photos

holiday traditions with Pottery Barn Kids

celebrating the holidays with Pottery Barn Kids

celebrating the holidays with Pottery Barn Kids

As busy as life is, we don’t always have time to get professional photos taken or even think to print any of the candid shots we snap. Making a tradition of getting holiday photos taken, printed, and framed is a good way to ensure that you capture some really beautiful family photographs throughout the years. Many photographers will offer pop-up holiday photo sessions that make it easy and affordable to get photos taken. You can send them out as holiday cards and also opt to frame them in your home. Even if you shop for toys and nursery furniture at Pottery Barn Kids all the time, what you may not have realized is that they also have a beautiful selection of frames. From sweet styles for a nursery to gallery frames and shadow boxes, you can pick out a stylish way to display your holiday photos.

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Do you have any special holiday traditions in your family?

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XO Team LC

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