This is going to seem weird, but about the time that I started high school I asked my family if we could STOP exchanging presents. I have 3 older siblings and they would come home from college, get some money from my parents and go shopping on Christmas Eve. I think the last straw was when my brother and sister agreed to give each other the $50 my parents gave them to buy a present for each other.
Since we stopped giving presents Christmas has been much more about time together. On Christmas Eve, we'd have a lovely Polish dinner, go into a pierogi coma on the couch, and wake up in time for Midnight Mass in Polish with the BEST music!
Now that I've married Mr. Brosseau I have gone from one Christmas party to seven one year! That is wayyy too much for me to handle! It has calmed down this year, thankfully, now that Brosseau Sprout is here.
My favorite teaching tradition is both present and past. You see, I work at the high school that I went to as a teen. It's awesome! When I was a student the teachers would run Science Winter Olympics, and now I run them! Each teacher sends their students from class to class competing in cool games like
-Holiday Minute to Win it
-Candy Cane Test Tubes
-To the Moon and Back
-Santa's Egg Drop
I've put a bunch of these together in this freebie along with tips on how to run this event. It is so. much. FUN!
Find it at my TpT Store!
Now that Brosseau Sprout is here (he's now four month old!) my husband and I discuss what our new traditions will be. I love that all the grandparents are within a 20 minutes drive, so we'll definitely be visiting all of them at Christmas time. I love the present idea from Pinterest:
But other than that, I'm not too sure what our future traditions will be. What are your favorite traditions with your family? I'd love to read about them in the comments below!
Thanks to ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures for the opportunity to share my favorite traditions. Check them out!