Christmas Traditions!!

Christmas home decor
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year, and one of the main reasons for that is Christmas traditions! Since being married, Cory and I have had multiple conversations on what traditions we wanted to have together as a couple and have compiled them into our very own Cotton Christmas tradition list! 
1.    Decorate the Christmas tree 
This one is pretty obvious, and is second highest on our priority list. We debated for a while on whether we would get a real or fake tree, but ended up getting a real one. I would have to argue that we got the best tree in the whole place! (Unfortunately, we forgot to water our tree for about a week and a half and it seems to now be dying. We are hoping it will make it to Christmas morning! Haha! Oops! Has this ever happened to you?) 
2.    Matching Christmas pajamas
I know it’s a little cheesy, but you have to admit it doesn’t get much cuter than a family wearing matching Christmas jammies. (Even if the family only consists of 2 adults) We already got ours and I am so excited to wear them Christmas morning. (Pictures coming soon)
3.    Cinnamon roll breakfast
Growing up both Cory and my family cooked cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning, so it only seemed fitting to continue this tradition. (Yum!) My mom also made a drink every year called Orange Julius, which is basically a frozen orange juice. I’ve never actually made it before, but the recipe looks super easy so I’m going to make it for the first time this year! If you want to try it, the recipe is below! 
Orange Julius Recipe
4.    Travel Tree
We got this fun idea from some friends who told us that they collected ornaments from every place that they traveled to together. We decided to make this into our very own travel tree. This small tree will hold only ornaments from the places Cory and I have been together and will continue to grow in the years to come. (So far we have ornaments from London, Florida, Wisconsin, Bora Bora, Colorado, New Mexico, and of course, TEXAS!) I can’t wait to see where else we will go. 
5.    Advent devotional
We can’t get through Christmas traditions without having one that involves discussing the reason for the entire season. Cory and I are reading through a devotional we got from The Austin Stone Church last year. Reading it (along with the Christmas story on Christmas Eve) really helps remind us that although the decorating, gift giving, and crazy-fun times of Christmas are great, it’s ultimately not what Christmas is all about. Remembering Jesus’ birth will always be highest on our Christmas traditions priority list!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; … and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6
 
Christmas home decor
Some other things we like to do during this season are look at Christmas lights, watch holiday movies, make Christmas cookies and sing as many Christmas songs as we can!!
Christmas party
I’m sure we will come up with more traditions in the future, but for now that completes our list. What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? 
Love,
Amy Cotton

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