We thought we were prepared for Christmas since I finished all my shopping early- but sheesh- we have been so busy with other things- we were unable to finish up our Christmas preparations (we still need to get everything wrapped and shipped and mail off Christmas Cards)-- but the kids are certainly ready and excited for Christmas! Can you believe it is only 9 days away?
We are especially excited to be starting traditions with our kids that we know will be memories they will grow up and treasure forever!
We have many traditions in our house but two of my favorites are our Advent Calendar (Countdown Calendar) - which we fill with candy and little presents for each day of December!
We have a store -bought one which we like a lot and since it hangs on our wall it's a space saver but I have an idea for one I want to customize BUT that will be much bigger and floor standing- so we will use that in a future place when we have more space!- and for now we love this one!
It has a wooden candy cane (attached with a ribbon) that you use to mark the day you are on. It looks neat when it is all filled, I took this pic at 6 days till Christmas (so there are only 5 goodies left towards the top). Each day, the kids take turns "doing the honors" of taking out the treat/gift and moving the candy cane up one stocking- so fun! They race to it every morning- to see what they get! It is hard to see, but there is even a star on the tree (the candy canes in the top stocking are blocking it).
We have always given the kids new Christmas pajamas as a tradition, but we decided it would be more fun to have all matching Christmas pajamas- cuz we are nerds and it is fun! We will continue our traditions until our kids have kids, and we hope they will continue them with their own families!
A few other traditions we look forward to:
Every year I bake my "famous" Chocolate Chip cookies and homemade Almond Roca Candy, and Zucchini Bread.
We make Gingerbread Houses (this year we are making a Gingerbread Christmas Train).
The kids get to each open one present on Christmas Eve (this year it will be a Nativity play set).
We read Christmas stories to the kids all month (we have many favorites in our library) and daddy does a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas" on Christmas Eve.
We even have an Elf on our shelf that watches us and reports back to Santa every night when we sleep and he's back every morning in a different spot!
So what are some Christmas traditions you cherish at your house??
I posted a few sneak peeks of our matching Christmas Jammies!!