The Best Time to Be a Kid + 10 Family Christmas Traditions

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According to Facebook, and all of social media, it seems November 1 marks the official start of Holiday season!  In the past I may have argued that it is a little too soon for that.  But this year, I’m especially excited to get the holidays started because it’s the year of “firsts” for our sweet Charlie!

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Onesie // Booties // Hat

The best time to be a kid is truly during the holidays! We cannot wait to share the magic and our family Christmas traditions with our baby girl!  We have always been big on starting our own family traditions like baking our favorite cookie recipes, watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, and wrapping gifts together.  Now that we have Charlie, we want to make these traditions an even more important part of our lives because we want her to look back at childhood and remember that the holidays were the most fun times growing up!  Children bring out the magic in the holidays and we are so looking forward to experiencing that magic this year!

One tradition I know we will continue on is getting Christmas pajamas!  When I was younger my mom would let us open a gift on Christmas Eve, which always happened to be a pair of Christmas pajamas.  I actually love this tradition because I love pajamas, but it was always fun opening our gift early and snuggling into our new pair of pajamas.

 couldn’t resist this adorable onesie from Gymboree. The fuzzy little booties and hat make this look super snuggly and warm.  It didn’t take us very long to fall in love with Gymboree because the quality is noticeably higher than other brands we’ve tried.


What are your favorite family Christmas traditions?  Comment below and be sure to check out the new winter arrivals at Gymboree for your little one plus get 40% off your purchase right now!


  1. Our Family Christmas Traditions

Photography by Julie Kahlbaugh