Holiday Traditions

On Blue’s Clues, Steve and Blue’s holiday tradition was to make a new patch for their holiday quilt every year. I’d like to say that this was a tradition handed down from my grandmother that we wrote into the show. But I can’t. We made it up. There is one storyline that does come from my family, however. On Super Why!, Whyatt jumps into ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and goes on a hunt to find Santa. When he does, he asks Santa, “Why do you bring presents to all of the children?” Santa replies, “When I was a little boy, I made presents for my family and it made them so happy. It made me happy to make them happy. That’s when I decided to make presents for children.”

Every year our girls make something simple for us—a picture, a story, a project they worked on at school, a piece of pottery. And come Christmas morning they are wildly excited to give us our presents. I love that traditions don’t have to be fancy or perfect. They just have to be little moments that happen over and over again. Here, a few ways we make the holidays special.

Helping Others For us, it’s very important that the girls learn to give to those in need and remember those less fortunate during the holiday season. As a family we take part in Operation Santa and go to the post office to pick up letters to Santa from needy children so that we can make other children’s holiday wishes come true.

Biscuits Silly as it sounds, this is my girls’ favorite tradition. They love waking up to fresh biscuits and nibbling on them throughout the morning.

Make a Movie We videotape the girls coming down the steps in the morning to see the lit tree, fire burning in the fireplace, the stockings stuffed and to hear the holiday music. It’s the calm before the storm… And then, of course, we record once the mess kicks in.

Sister Gifts The girls make gifts for us, but also for each other. It’s nice for them to remember each other, and I love the mushy things they write to each other—even if it is only once a year.

Open one Present at a Time We each take turns opening one present at a time. We get to take some time see what they received, comment on it and maybe even play a little bit. It makes the magic of Christmas morning last longer and teaches the girls to appreciate each gift.

Do you have a holiday tradition you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you!