Family Holiday Photos & Traditions

Hey friends! Happy Thanksgiving! I'm sharing our family holiday photos with you today. We had these taken a few weeks ago and are so happy with them. We have made it a tradition to have family photos taken every year since William was born because we know he will grow so fast and we want to have these memories documented. 

When we became parents the holidays took on a whole new meaning. I get really into it now and love seeing all the wonder of the holidays through William's eyes. The whole season has become magical again like I remember it as a kid.  We are especially excited about this Christmas because William is old enough to understand the concept of Santa. :)

Every year we get bundled up to go see the Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo. We drink hot cocoa and eat kettle corn while enjoying the millions of lights, holiday activities and their holiday light and music show. It has become an annual tradition which we always look forward to.

We also love the Annual "Christmas at the Princess Festival". It's held at the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale. They have an amazing holiday light and music display, a giant Christmas tree, a train ride to view the Christmas lights around the resort, carnival rides, an ice skating rink, and a meet and greet with Santa for the kids.

We also started a new tradition this year which is making and decorating Christmas cutout sugar cookies. This was the first year William was old enough for this activity. We had so much fun and will definitely be doing this every year moving forward. 

The big emphasis Christmas morning is on William, but he already has way too many toys (they are literally taking over our house, lol), so we don't go overboard with Christmas gifts. I like to get him one big gift (this year he really wants a ride-on Jeep) plus a few smaller gifts and stocking stuffers. I try to focus more on getting him books, puzzles, and educational games, rather than just toys and candy. 

Photographer: Karlie Colleen Photography

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I thought it would be fun to share a few things that we are currently coveting.  Maybe it will even give you inspiration, if you don't know what to ask for, or a gift idea for someone on your list. 

Rachel's Wish List

Tim's Wish List

William's Wish List

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving friends!