Hey guys, Christmas tradition is important for me, especially with the kids. Do you have any activities or quirky actions that you always pull out at Christmas time?

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

Every year we visit Rancho Los Alamitos. The early nineteenth-century ranch house was built as a base for cattle. By the twentieth century, the house had been extended into an 18 room ranch house which still stands to this day. The house and the land were donated to the city of Long Beach in 1967.

Every Christmas the ranch provides a Holiday Hoedown Breakfast, complete with crafts and a chance to snap a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

There’s always plenty to eat and drink with a full breakfast, coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider to get through while listening to a couple of ranch cowboys sing Christmas carols.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

Once the tummies are full, it’s time to move on to the games and activities. A favorite is always the wrangling of the cow heads.

This one is hard!

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

Santa with Mrs. Claus always ready to say cheese.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

The ranch has many animals including horses and donkeys.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

There’s plenty of giant barns to hang out in and look way older than you should. Just stop growing already!

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

You can make Christmas ornaments with some help from Mom.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

Fresh pancakes are part of breakfast and always make for fun pictures!

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

You can make candy cane ornaments too, with more Mom supervision.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

Or you could just lean against a fence and look too cool for words.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

Everywhere you look you’ll see amazing ornaments of all colors.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

This is Preston, a three-year-old 300 pound Shire horse.  Once he’s fully grown, he’ll weigh around 1800 pounds!

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA

I wasn’t kidding about the abundance of ornaments.

We’ll be back next year to keep our tradition on track! Leave me a comment on any tradition you try to keep around the holidays.

Christmas Tradition at The Rancho in Long Beach, CA