We’re still in the early years of figuring out our Christmas Traditions. One thing we always try to do is take a family picture. Of course, sometimes everything doesn’t go quite as planned and some people aren’t as “IN” to it as others. Not naming names, but I think you can tell. Ha!
We went over to the new house today to take a picture in the backyard. It was a comedy of errors getting the kids corralled, looking at the camera, and smiling all at once. We did the best we could – and as they say, photos capture a moment in time.
Other fun Christmas traditions we love doing are:
Driving around to look at Christmas lights
Baking cookies and Banana Bread
Singing Christmas Carols
Reading stories under the Christmas Tree
Watching Christmas Movies together
Writing letters to Santa
Putting on ballet and piano recitals at our house for friends and neighbors (the girls are SO excited to host this)
Making presents for friends and family
Giving to charity and our Compassion child
Listening to Christmas Music
Learning about the birth of Jesus and Christmas traditions around the world
Building a Gingerbread House
Lots of hot chocolate 🙂
There are many more things we do – I’m just thinking off the top of my head here.
The things I’m NOT doing?
-Elf on a Shelf (my kids don’t know what it is, so I’m just gonna try to keep it that way…)
-Sending out Christmas Cards (I know, I should…but I just had to let that go this year to maintain the peacefulness of the Season)
-Buying a lot of presents (This was partly procrastination and partly a conscious effort to simplify and keep the focus on family traditions/gratitude – hopefully this doesn’t backfire- fingers crossed!)
In other news, we have also been taking our daily trips to the park. Violet was walking right through the sunshine on Friday when my cellphone camera caught a little glimpse of magic:
We’ve also been taking walks around the neighborhood to look at decorations! The girls HAD to get festively dressed for the occasion, of course! 😉
Counting the days until Christmas and marveling at the Christmas Tree:
Cutting snowflakes – always fun:
The girls have made each other LOTS of presents. They can hardly wait to open them – they make them, put them in a Trader Joe’s bag, and then have to give them (and open them) immediately. Lots of love going on here:
More park trips:
And, of course, drawing pictures for friends, family, and Santa. 🙂
It seems like EVERYTHING is just a little more special and exciting in the days leading up to Christmas. The girls are counting the MINUTES until Santa arrives. This is a very special Christmas – it feels so sweet and small, and I am so grateful for my little family. Such magic – and I am so glad to be here in the middle of it. 🙂