Thanksgiving has ended and the countdown to Christmas will begin soon! I think having traditions in general are just about the sweetest thing in the world and I’m obsessed with learning other people’s traditions, whether it’s Sunday family cookouts, baking chocolate chip cookies on Christmas Eve, or heading to a vacation home every summer. I also love to have my own and create new ones as I get older.

I do happen to have my own which I’d love to share with you so here’s my first (This is traditions, holiday edition!):

  1. Colombians are known for enjoying a nice cup of hot chocolate with what?… A nice slice of melted cheese. It’s just about the greatest thing in the world and the flavor of our chocolate is to die for! Some people look at us like we’re crazy, like why are you stuffing cheese into your hot chocolate BUT… don’t knock it till ya try it 😉
  2. My best friend and I started a tradition in my senior year of high school to watch a Harry Potter marathon every single year in December. We order our usual Papa Johns pizza, add a couple extra snacks and have a 1-2 day sleepover just watching these movies back to back. It’s one of my fondest memories and favorite times of the year.
  3. One of my greatest memories where this tradition emerged was when we lived in New Jersey the first time and I met my best friend (who’s become family so I refer to his mom as my aunt). She would always make the Pillsbury holiday sugar cookies and I fell in love with them so much, I began to make them every year myself.
  4. My fondest tradition that may slightly change in the next year is decorating my tree with what I consider, “Dr. Seuss” colors. For the past 4 years, my tree has been strictly made up of a mixture of turquoise, teal, raspberry, magenta, emerald and shamrock colors, with a few added extras as well. Of course, we can’t forget putting on my comfiest, warmest pajamas and watching How the Grinch stole Christmas which has been a tradition as long as I can remember.

It gives meaning to the little things in life

What are your holiday traditions? I’d love to know and see if anyone shares any of mine. It’s such a beautiful thing to have, whether you have them by yourself or you share them with family and friends. It gives meaning to the little things in life and an insight into what people love and what kind of person they are.