This is perhaps the best time of the year to be a kid. The thrill of the Christmas lights, seeing Santa at the mall, decorating the house, and the anticipation of the big day can be a huge joy for kids. In the same manner that the joy brings to our kids, it can have the opposite effect on us as the parents. Christmas shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping presents, parties, and other holiday activities can often add stress to our already busy lives. With this in mind, it can be easy to overlook some of the memories from our past and the memories that we make with our family now. This is a time of the year where family traditions can be built upon and created. Our favorite family tradition this time of year is finding our family Christmas tree. This is a tradition that we created the first year our kids were born. On Thanksgiving night, we come home after spending time with our families and get our living room ready for the tree with our kids. Then on Friday we get up, eat breakfast and get ready to go to the tree farm. Once we get to the farm, we take our time and let the kids run around and blow off some energy. Then we get down to business and begin our hunt for the perfect family tree. Once we find the perfect tree, we always take a family photo in front of our tree and then cut it down with a handsaw. After we get the tree loaded up, we eat a candy cane and head home to put it up. The kids help to get the tree set up in the stand and take it into the house. Then the best part of putting the lights on and decorating the tree begins. During the process it is easy for us to say it would be so much easier to just get an artificial tree and set it up every year, but then we wouldn’t have the fun and the memories of finding that perfect tree every year. This is a tradition that we want our children to be able to look back on and possibly carry on when they have their own families. It is also fun for us as parents to look back at the pictures from the years and see how the kids have grown and developed. These are the moments of the Christmas season that bring so much joy and happiness to our little family. What are your favorite family traditions this time of year?