The Holidays are our favorite time of year at Next Generation My Signature Homes. This year, we wanted to share some of our favorite family Holiday traditions. Perhaps you’ll get some additional ideas for your family!

Whenever Celia M. grocery shops for the holidays, she always donates cash or food for the less fortunate. Thanks for giving back to the community Celia! Her family also gathers for one family holiday outing at a local attraction such as Brookfield Zoo and Navy Pier’s Winter Fest.

Megan B’s family starts every Holiday season by cutting down their Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Some years they are bundled up and walking through a foot of snow! Whether they find the best tree on the farm or a “Charlie Brown” tree, every year provides a perfect memory.

In the Don Z household, the holidays are all about cookies and treats. He and his wife share baking responsibility, and the goodies disappear quickly with six grandchildren! Every year, Don brings some of his homemade holiday sweets to the office, and they don’t last long there either, especially his toffee!

Lisa R’s family opens one gift at midnight on Christmas Eve. They make the Holidays last longer by keeping their tree up until Valentine’s Day when it becomes a Valentine tree!

An appetizer feast is the tradition for Mary H’s extended family of more than 40! Everyone brings an appetizer to share and the family “grazes” all day and ends the night with a grab bag gift exchange.

Remembering and celebrating grandmothers is a tradition for Teresa B and her extended family. Christmas angel ornaments are created from their grandmothers’ handkerchiefs or scarves. Each child, grandchild, great grandchild and great-great grandchild receives one of the ornaments for their own home. These angel ornaments are always hung first on everyone’s Christmas trees.

Every Christmas Eve, Tanya C’s family has a cookie exchange. Every year they look forward to meeting at their parents’ house, exchanging cookies, and then watching Christmas movies and playing board games.

Gail P’s Christmas tree is decorated right after Thanksgiving, taking time to enjoy ornaments made by their daughter over the years. On their own Cookie Day, the entire family makes seven types of cookies. Christmas Eve is celebrated with a traditional Polish dinner. Christmas morning brings French toast casserole and sugar coated bacon followed by a morning movie – in their pajamas – of course!

Wherever the Holiday season takes you this year, we hope you’re able to enjoy your own family traditions that bring together the most important people in your life. From all of us at Next Generation My Signature Homes, we wish you the happiest of Holidays and all the best for 2016!