Not Just A Mom- Holiday Traditions

Hey loves. Happy Monday. I can't believe that it is already the second Monday in December, the last month of 2020. It is sad and exciting all at the same time. Today is the last link up of Not Just A Mom for 2020. I have been so thankful to co-host with these 5 other amazing women, meet new bloggers along the way, shared our lives, and grown through this pandemic together. There are some exciting changes coming to the link up for 2021 be sure to read all about it at the end of the post. 


Not Just A Mom link up with these awesome ladies and myself:

Our Past links ups: 
January we shared Introductions
February talked about Date Nights
March we shared how we do Self Care
April we shared our Cleaning Routines
May I talked about my Fitness Regimen
June I shared some Fun Facts
July we talked about Girl Time
August we changed it up and shared What this years school is going to look like for us.
September we shared our Skin Care and/or Make-up Routines.
October get got crafty
November I talked about Holiday Shopping

This month we are talking about Special Holiday Traditions

Earlier this month I did share a bunch of different holiday traditions that our families has. You can read about it here. Today I am sharing about one of my favorite traditions that we do as a family numerous times a holiday season. Driving around looking at Christmas lights. 

I have always loved driving around looking at Christmas lights. It brings me so much joy and happiness. I have fond memories as a child driving around with my parents. Whenever we are out driving around at night, we always go home a different way or down a different street to see different lights. 

I had all the intention of having a beautiful blog post with lots of different Christmas lights from our area. This is what my pictures turned out like. I just use my iphone 8 (yes I need an upgrade). I don't know how to take pictures of lights. This is suppose to be a train. We were stopped so it isn't from the van moving. Maybe one day I will become a pro Christmas light picture taker, but that isn't today.

Two years ago when we drove around and looked at lights Austin would scream with excitement "more lights". He doesn't do that anymore but he does still enjoy the lights.

When I was pregnant with Austin we took Aubriella down to Oglebay to see their lights. Unfortunately we were not impressed. It was crazy busy and we didn't have a great experience at the hotel either. It gave us a sour note before we even left to drive and see the lights

This year we have gone out at least twice a week to go look at lights, normally on week days. Some times it is days I have Ella something without her. We do plan to go see the bigger places when she is with us because she does still enjoy the lights.

Last week we went to a free drive through that had a surprise in the middle with Santa and Mrs Claus, plus little coloring books, crayons, and candy canes for the kids. You didn't get out of the card just stopped and talked. It was a nice surprise of not just lights.

While we are driving around the kids are also watching a movie on the DVD player in the van. We do press pause when we get to the bigger displays. So far this year we have watched the Elf on the Shelf Story a few times, Polar Express, Mr Poppers Penguins (Ella claims it is Christmas), and Home Alone. 

There is usually hot chocolate and a snack involved too.

Now onto Not Just A Mom 2021

The Not Just A Mom monthly link up will be back next year!!!! Still on the second Monday of each month. Next year we have a few new co-hosts. 

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  1. I am totally going to go look at lights in our neighborhood and surrounding ones this year!

    1. We have been going to a whole bunch of different areas this year

  2. We always watched Mr. Popper's Penguins for Christmas too even though it does not take place at Christmastime my boys insisted it was a holiday movie.

    1. I haven't seen the movie in years, the kids watch it in the back so I only hear it. Glad we aren't the only ones that say it is a Christmas movie.

  3. LOve Christmas lights and light shows. I will link up next year when I can!!!


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