The VanDyke Group | Light Up Your Holidays
Holiday traditions are a treasured part of our Christmas. Here's a few of ours, what traditions do you like this time of year?
Christmas, Holidays, Traditions, Holiday events, Christmas lights
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03 Dec Light Up Your Holidays

I’ve been looking at the month of December on my calendar and boy oh boy does this month fill up fast! The one thing I do not want to overlook is setting dates for our Christmas traditions. My family has several things we schedule every year that we look forward to doing. Extended family Christmas parties get put on the calendar first. After that we have several other events to schedule.

We have an annual Pajama light ride when we all wear our Christmas jammies, fill our mugs with hot chocolate, and hop into the car to cruise the neighborhood to take in the lights and decorations.

The Morton Arboretum has an event, “Illumination” which has become a newer tradition for us. On a crisp evening we will bundle up and stroll through the Arboretum to view the fantastic light displays. On a side note, you can purchase the tickets there or online. Discounts are available on the ComEd website.

Heading into the city during the Christmas season is always fun. After an afternoon of shopping, going to the Christkindlemarket, and taking in the decorated windows on State Street, we always have dinner at The Walnut Room under the tree. If the kiddos are up for it, we visit Santa before heading home.

Going to the zoo during the holiday is fun. Some years we will go to Lincoln Park’s “Zoo Lights” other years we’ll pick “Holiday Magic” at Brookfield Zoo. Both are great but Zoo Lights is a free event so sometimes that choice wins.

Simple traditions are important to me as well and can be done anytime, like watching “White Christmas” while wrapping packages or having an afternoon of baking Christmas cookies.

Helping others in some way is important to our family. We look for opportunities to volunteer or give back during this time of year. Some years we have served dinner for PADS, packed boxes at Feed My Starving Children, or volunteered at our church. Spreading joy is essential during Christmas!

Holiday traditions are a treasured part of our Christmas.  While some family traditions are the same year after year it’s never too late to start something new. What tradition will you begin this year?

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