I've already mentioned The Nutcracker, but I thought it would be nice to talk about some of the other traditions my family has. I'll start from the beginning. On the evening of Thanksgiving, after the meal has been had, it's time to decorate my parents' house. We listen to Christmas music and make the entire house look like a wreck with boxes on boxes everywhere, and we snack on lebkuchen (first photo). This has always been the tradition in my family. Though my brother and I are grown, my mother still insists on buying us advent calendars, and I'm certainly not complaining. It's another cute tradition, and it's free chocolate.
Though a lot of the traditions we have are old and cemented in by now, it's nice to bring in something new every once in awhile. I've been talking about getting a Christmas calendar candle for a couple years now, and this year the thought was actually followed through. I love this candle, and I think the idea is really sweet, and I'll definitely continue this new tradition from now on.
Of course, the real love for these traditions, both old and new, have more to do with the people you're celebrating with than anything. My family has grown a new generation this year, and it's been wonderful sharing these traditions with someone new. I hope she feels the same love for them in another twenty years.