(DISCLAIMER: this was written weeks ago and I totally forgot to post it!)
7 days and we are off to Michigan
14 days until Christmas
Tis the season for cheer, joy and love! And there is no better time to have children than Christmas time! I get more excited every year. A friend posed a question on facebook asking for ideas of Christmas traditions. It was wonderful to see so many ideas and certainly sent me into the holiday spirit!
Here are some of the traditions that I hope to make a regular part of our holiday season. Do you have family traditions what are your favorites!!??
The great tree hunt– each year we cut down our Christmas tree at a local tree farm. And I always name them. Even Ava asked this year, “what is his name?” Love that she already knows that our trees have names! (**This year was the year of 2 trees; Our first tree Ferdinand made it only a week and was no more gratefully replaced my my loving husband we welcomed Sir Edger the Nobel Fir)
Advent Adventures- I love the idea of an advent calendar. Since we will be heading east every other year I decided to start two countdown traditions. Years that we travel, like this year, I wrapped 18 christmas/ winter books. One for Ava too open each night until we leave for Michigan. It has been a big hit! On the years we stay west we will have 24 books! When we remain home I would also like to do an advent calendar where each day the kids open a little box. Instead of a present it will be a season related activity; get a tree, make an ornament, bake cookies etc.
Elf on a Shelf– I was so excited to start this tradition… so far I have not followed through but I will attempt again next year. Ava just does not seem interested. I must share however that Ava named our elf, Tony, after Larry’s good friend. She LOVES Tony!!!!
Christmas Eve– The girls will open two presents. New Christmas pajamas and a new ornament to place on the tree. We will make and leave cookies and milk for Santa and of course carrots for the reindeer! Also love the idea of having the girls choose an old or broken toy for Santa to take back fix and make new for another little boy or girl (Thanks Sharp family for that one!)
Presents- Each girl gets three presents and a stocking full from Santa. Three gifts because baby Jesus got three gifts and because that is enough. I think it is a great reminder of the purpose of Christmas and limits that urge for more. (again I must thank the Sharp family!!!)
May you all have a wonderful holiday season!!!