Our Favorite Holiday Traditions

Every year it seems like the holidays creep up on us so quickly, and this year was no exception! But regardless of how quickly holiday season comes, or goes there are five favorite holiday traditions our family cannot live without! I hope you can incorporate these into your holiday’ season as well!

All things Elf on The Shelf

Whether you love or hate the little guy and all of his elf friends, I cannot deny that the holiday season officially kicks off when ” Tito”, our scout elf, shows up the day after Thanksgiving! If nothing else, we love to spot the excitement is our kids faces as they wake up every morning to spot where our little elf is hiding for the day. Admittedly we aren’t as creative as a lot of Pinterest families out there but we love it anyhow! Some days He ends up in our refrigerator, alongside the bathroom sink from a “spa night” or somewhere else leaving a nice note for the kids! If you participate in The Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans, leave me a comment below and give me some fun ideas! let’s collaborate!

Building Gingerbread Houses

As we all know, holiday time equals time for eats and treat and in my honest opinion, family holiday traditions are not complete without a good mix of art and candy. And the ever classic gingerbread house! I recently learned about George the Gingerbread man who’s job is lead contractor for the gingerbread houses. So every year, we tap into our inner George and get to work! This year, we created a mini village courtesy of our friends at Geotze Candy. We incorporated some classic candies and this year added Baltimore Favorites. Caramel Creams and Cow Tales added the perfect sweet touches to your little village and can be found where most candies are sold!

Cookie Baking

This holiday tradition is one that is so special to me because it is one that has been passed down! One of my favorite childhood memories is baking Christmas cookies with my grandmother. We’d bake dozens upon dozens of cookies. Some we would save for Santa, others we’d give as holiday gifts and some we would donate. And after she passed away, the tradition was picked up by my mom and Ava which is super fun and super sweet to watch.
We like to bake a mix of family recipes as well as new finds but we always cover the basics. Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, SnickerDoodle and Sugar Cookies! This year Ava spent the whole day in her apron patiently awaiting cookie time and they did not disappoint!

Lights on 34th Street

Nothing screams the holidays in Baltimore like a visit to the Lights on the infamous 34th street in Hampden. And this one is absolutely one of our favorite holiday traditions. I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous Christmas movie, but this famous block in the city is a free attraction that us Baltimoreans can’t go a year without. Residents on the coveted block, go all out with thousands of lights, exciting themes, and special nights during the holiday season for families from all over to experience.

Trains at Kenilworth Mall

Another favorite Free Attraction. The train displays at Kenilworth mall are a staple in Baltimore family holiday traditions. Families from all over come to see The famous Baltimore Trains and mini replicas of Baltimore landmarks. There are also really fun Treats and shoppes nearby to grab a treat or to do some holiday shopping. It’s a perfect pick for small kids and depending on when you go, you may see some fun characters, elves, and even Santa!

Now that Christmas is officially here! I’d love to hear what traditions you enjoyed this year which are your favorites are which can you not wait to start next year??

Merry Christmas! From the Thomas Family!

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