As all of you already know, I have a pretty large family and I wouldn’t have it any other way! With big families, come big traditions, and we take the holidays very seriously at the Bosh household. I thought it’d be nice to share some of our annual holiday traditions that we do together as a family, and how we create amazing memories from each of them. Take a look at how we do the holidays, and let me know what some of your own family traditions are!
We like to decorate our tree the day right after Thanksgiving, so it’s been up for a few weeks now. I think this is a good activity to do together because we can bond, listen to some Christmas music, and create something really special. I handle decorating the tables for our holiday dinner, and of course, I love to go all out! I get really festive and do greenery for table garland, candles, and personalized name settings. Since there’s also a lot of kids around, I set up a separate kiddie table for the holiday dinner with crafts and interactive items to keep them entertained as the adults mingle!
My husband and I are obviously very grateful for the lives we live and for everything we can provide our kids with, and it’s important for us to give back. We like to instill the act of giving back to charities and getting involved in more philanthropic efforts for our kids to understand how fortunate they are. It also just feels so good to give back and knowing that we have the ability to help others! We usually pick a charity every year that allows us to hand out toys to little ones who are sick and hospitalized. Every one should have the chance to spend the holidays with their families, but since they can’t be home we like to bring a little bit of holiday cheer to them.
I’m a big DIYer and love getting my kids into crafting together as a family. Each year we all write letters to Santa, and I’ve turned this into a larger crafting project for the kids. We decorate and personalize our own letters to fit our personalities and just an extra touch of the holiday spirit to our home. I also have the kids create a gratitude list every year that states what they’re all thankful for. I give them the opportunity to get crafty with this as well and make it personalized and festive!
Cooking and Baking
It wouldn’t be a Bosh family holiday without some food and sweets, right!? I like to get the kids involved with some of the baking and appetizers because it’s fun and easy enough for them to handle. Every year we like to make some festive cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees or snowflakes, and we love making gingerbread houses! We also brew some hot apple cider and hot cocoa, which is always a big hit in my house. One of the kids favorite is making cheese balls as an appetizer, because they’re delicious and easy to make. Oh, and we can’t forget our homemade pumpkin pies that get topped off with Cool Whip!
Wrapping up gifts together is also very big in my house! I don’t just like to put together some simple wrapping paper, because doing it a little extra is always fun. We get real festive with the paper options, with some fun prints or textures and we love to add large bows, ribbon—you name it! This is just as fun as decorating the tree for us.