creating traditions

I think one of the most exciting things about my upcoming marriage
is the fact that Ryan and I are going to have the opportunity to start some of our own holiday traditions.
Christmases have always been spent at my parents' house in northern New Hampshire.
We're doing the same this year because we don't even have a house yet, and we'll probably do it next year, too.
But's an incredible thing to think of us finally being able to carve our own niche.

Christmas Eve always involves the most delicious beef Wellington, courtesy of my father,
a midnight candlelight Christmas Eve church service,
plenty of inappropriate board games (read: Cards Against Humanity arrived yesterday),
too many sweets and the best people in the world.

We have our own little New Year's traditions, too.
When my brother-in-law's sister, Rachel, lived in New York, New Year's Eve was always spent in the city.
We'd overindulge in Korean food in K-Town then play board games until the fireworks started.
This year, for the second year in a row, we'll be enjoying Boston on New Year's Eve, instead.

^^^ NYE 2013 in Boston at Faneuil Hall 

I'm so, so excited that Ryan will actually be able to spend this holiday with us because training
has always prohibited him from doing so for the entire time we've been dating.
Now, however, we're going to overindulge in delicious treats from The Melting Pot,
listen to fun Irish bands at Mr. Dooley's and ring in the New Year with our loved ones all together!

I have no idea what sort of traditions Ryan and I might have in the coming years,
but I can almost guarantee that they'll involve standup comedy or karaoke in some way, and I love that.
I have butterflies just thinking about it :)

What sort of holiday traditions do you share with your loved ones? 


  1. Love this. Good for me to hear too...even on our second Christmas together! Time to let go of old traditions and embrace new ones with the butterflies of excitement you have!!! Thanks for this girlie!! xx

  2. Aw it's fun to think about your own traditions, right!? Faneuil Hall is so beautiful in that picture! Boston is hands down one of my favorite cities! :)

  3. I think you have to balance old and new traditions, make some of your own as a new family, but keep to the ones you've done for years that are important to your family! Breaking tradition can be tough, but making new ones is so fun!!

  4. Ah I totally agree with you!! I am recently engaged and I am so excited to start creating our own traditions + involving each other in traditions our family already has. For example, my family always orders Valentino's pizza and plays games on Christmas Eve. He's been a part of it in the past but it will be a whole new adventure now that we're engaged!

  5. I sometimes have a hard time letting go of old family traditions, but it exciting to start new traditions too! This will be our first married Christmas and this year we'll be incorporating a lot of our old traditions together! As time goes on I can't wait to see what new traditions we create together!

  6. I am so excited to start making new traditions with John. We were just talking about making our own Christmas traditions the other day. I hope you and Ryan can make some wonderful traditions too!

  7. I've been seeing the Cards Against Humanity everywhere and i seriously have to check out what all they hype is about. But yes i am excited that you will get to spend the holidays with Ryan and traditions are always so fun to have, you don't have to think of so many now, new ideas will come to your mind little by little and once you start one and stick to them yearly, you'll come up with even more so just enjoy them one at a time. I started building a gingerbread house with my little ones this year and now i am doing it yearly for them.

  8. we always get new christmas PJs on christmas eve after midnight church! :)

  9. we have so many traditions! I can't wait for you and ryan to be married and make some of your own! you're going to LOVE it!

  10. Those are such great traditions. Beef Wellington, oh my! Boston on NYE is crazy but so energetic! Having breakfast at my brothers has been a new tradition and I love it.

  11. Ahhh I love the Melting Pot! And I've wanted to try Cards Against Humanity but I'm scared haha

  12. It's so fun building traditions with each other! Beware though, some people end up offended if you start creating your own traditions, unfortunately that's what happened to us on Thanksgiving:(

  13. Ohhhh the Melting Pot!! So good! :) We get to spend Christmas day with both of our families which I love and am so grateful for! :D You're going to have such a fun time building your own little traditions together. :)

  14. I'd love to spend new years in New York. been my dream since I was a little girl to go to NYC and just take it all in and take pics and enjoy it.

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  15. I love starting new traditions- we still travel to both families each Christmas but this year will be our first 'newlywed' Christmas so no matter what we do it'll feel just a tad more special. NYE is my absolute favorite and I'm just hoping he's off so we can plan something extravagant! :)