Family Time: The New Holiday Tradition

Christmas is the busiest time of year. There’s events to attend, lights to see, gifts to buy, hot cocoa to drink… the list of fun is endless. This year with my Dad’s diagnosis of dementia I’m realizing that family time is precious and I’m making that our priority. I’m a firm believer that kids aren’t going to remember all the toys they get for Christmas each year… they will, however, remember the memories you create with them.

My Dad worked three jobs when I was younger. He was a District Fire Chief at one station, a Lieutenant at another station (different city) and worked in the local emergency room part time. While he worked a lot to provide for our family, I do remember our Christmas’ at the Fire House! At the first station, all the fire employees families would gather for a potluck Christmas party. Santa would be there handing out gifts to each child and we’d run around playing with all the other kids. At the second station, I remember riding the fire truck with all the other firefighters kids throughout the neighborhood, passing out candy canes to kids. We did these each year and it was something we looked forward to.

While I cherish those memories with my family, its not a tradition I can pass on to my kids. This year we started a new tradition.. visiting an actual Christmas Tree Farm to pick out our tree! Last night we visited Ergle Christmas Tree Farm to pick out a tree. We decided that we wanted to support a local family and purchase our tree from them, rather than our annual trip to Walmart. We had so much fun! The two older kids were running in and out of all the trees playing hide and seek, while my husband and I narrowed down selections. And the trees were GORGEOUS! Once we had it narrowed down to a few trees in our price range, the kids selected their favorites and then we compared and decided as a family on “our tree”. My husband is 6’4 and this tree is nearly 9 feet tall! It’s THE tallest tree we’ve ever purchased! I’m hoping this will become an annual tradition for us! I would love one day to come out with our kids and grandkids to select a tree <3

During the business of the season, don’t forget to slow down and enjoy your family!  Pure Flix has a way to help you do just that! They want you to embrace and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – faith, family and fun, by giving you free exclusive access to five movies! Each Sunday, beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Pure Flix is offering a free movie your whole family can enjoy. All you have to do is signup via this exclusive link for FREE and they will email you the access to watch via your web browser:

*November 26: Christmas Angel

*December 3: Wish for Christmas

*December 10: A Dog for Christmas

*December 17: Heaven Bound

*December 24: Silver Bells

I’m looking forward to watching these movies with my family.. Grab some hot cocoa & popcorn, snuggle up with your loved ones and join us! A Wish for Christmas looks like the perfect family movie to teach the kids the true meaning of Christmas! Check out the trailer:

 

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