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Thanksgiving Day is a day our family looks forward to the most, not just for the food and time shared with our family, but because we know that the most joyous season of all is right around the corner. Christmas is just 30 days away and our family uses this time to engage in fun holiday traditions. The traditions are mostly for our seven-year-old daughter, but we have fun with it too. Wanna know what our family’s favorite fun holiday traditions are so that you can start them this year? You’re in luck because I am sharing them with you today!!!

Elf on the Shelf

To be honest, I was that parent who could not see the point in the Elf on the Shelf. I couldn’t understand why I “needed” to get an Elf to help my kid behave or listen. After having one for the past four Christmas seasons, I now understand. I mean, we don’t need the Elf to help our daughter listen or behave because she’s pretty good anyway, but there are those times when her 7-year-old attitude is just too much, and that’s where her elf, Annabella comes into play. Plus, we have fun using Annabella (or Rudolph her original elf) to play tricks on her. We also love coming up with fun things to do with the elf.

Elf on the Shelf Annabella

FYI: The Elf should arrive anytime between November 23 through December 1st.

The Elf On the Shelf costs $29.95 and can be purchased at or

Reindeer in Here: A Christmas Friend

We started off with the Elf on the Shelf but came across this cute little reindeer at the TTPM Holiday Showcase. It is perfect because unlike the elf she can interact with it, play with it, and bring it with her. The reindeer encourages kids to take it on adventures, this way, they get to learn more about the kids so they can report to Santa. We love it because we don’t have to move it around. It’s hers. She can do whatever she wants with it.

The Reindeer in Here A Christmas Tradition

This will be our first year using Reindeer in Here, and so far, she loves it. She’s named her Reindeer Dasher. She’s made him two beds so he’s comfy. I suggest following us on Instagram to see how she interacts with Dasher throughout the holiday season.

Reindeer in Here: A Christmas Friend Plus + Book can be purchased on for $32.99.

Advent Calendar

We started using an Advent Calendar during the holidays because we basically got annoyed with our daughter constantly asking, “When is Santa coming?” The Advent Calendar fixed that. It is a fun way for our daughter to count down the days until the big day. She enjoys either flipping the numbers on the wooden calendar we have or pulling out a surprise from one of the “special” advent calendars.

Advent Calendar

This year, on December 1st  she will be excited to see a calendar from one of her favorite toy brands, Hatchimals. Thanks to them, she will have fun discovering over 50 surprises with the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar

The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar is suitable for kids age 5+ and can be purchased at for $19.97, and at for $17.99.

Holiday Movies

We truly love the holiday season because we get to light our fireplace, chill, and watch our favorite holiday movies. The following movies are our faves:

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  2. A Christmas Story
  3. Home Alone
  4. Elf
  5. This Christmas
  6. The Preacher’s Wife
  7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  8. Black Nativity


Tree Trimming

Trimming the tree has to be in the top three of fun holiday traditions that we look forward to doing every year. I mean, we may not like taking the tree down at the end of the season, but, we do love choosing the theme, the colors of the ornaments, and the smell of the pine the live tree gives the house.

No matter big or small, a fun family holiday tradition is easy to start and can be implemented at any time during the holiday season.

What are your family’s favorite fun holiday traditions?

If not, what are some you are thinking about doing?

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