Apparently December arrives tomorrow. Let me say that again: December arrives tomorrow.
As I attempted to relax a little bit this morning, I realized that I still hadn’t found the Advent envelopes that I made a few years ago. We’re a little behind on some of our decorating, so I hadn’t come upon the right box yet. I eventually found our handmade Advent calendar and hung it up in our dining room. Since we moved to the new house last year, our Jingle Tree sits in front of our calendar, and everything is uber-festive.
I made one new envelope this year, having misplaced the one for Christmas Day yet again. It seems that since I take the envelope for Christmas Day to our bedroom on Christmas Eve, it somehow gets misplaced every year. The boys know to come straight to our room on Christmas morning so we can open the envelope together and do what it says — which is read the story of Jesus’ birth together. I am assuming that I will someday find a stack of handmade envelopes with the number 25 on them — far, far in the future. This year our 25th envelope features a card from last Christmas from my husband’s grandmother. (Yes, I keep cards from the previous year just in case I have to make one more envelope.)
I’ve written a “rough draft” of our activities for the year. Some are date specific, some can be moved around as need be. As I learned the hard way the first year, I haven’t included any snow specific activities, but reserve the right to substitute one in if we happen to have a good snowfall sometime between now and Christmas Eve. I upped donations to a few local places this year for obvious reasons. We’re also doing more baking/cooking and less crafting. We’ll also be doing other things that aren’t on the list, because the holidays remain busy, busy, busy.
- Go get a real Christmas tree!
- Make Chex mix
- Write letters to Santa
- Watch the court house light show
- Visit Santa
- Mail Christmas cards
- Watch a Christmas movie in jammies
- Bake Christmas cookies
- Christmas music dance party
- Secret Santa donation
- Clean out toys to donate
- Deliver Christmas treats & cards to neighbors
- Bake cupcakes for Munchkin’s birthday
- Take photos in front of the tree with the dog
- Christmas craft!
- Donate canned goods to a food pantry
- Make more Christmas cookies.
- Have a hot chocolate bar!
- Donate to Haven of Hope
- Make a snowman pizza
- First day of winter! Make snowflakes!
- Game night in front of the tree!
- Christmas light scavenger hunt
- Unwrap one present (of mom and dad’s choosing)
- Read the birth of Christ in the Bible together
We will continue to unwrap one Christmas story before bed each night. It took until mid-month last year for LittleBrother to realize that the books were all books that we owned, just wrapped up for extra fun. I’ve added some new ones from sales after Christmas last year. The Christmas coloring books and Christmas books that didn’t make the cut will also be in the box by the tree so they can read holiday themed books as they so desire throughout the month.
- When I Love You at Christmas
- Tonight You Are My Baby
- llama llama holiday drama
- God Gave Us Christmas
- A Small Christmas
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
- This Is the Stable
- Christmas in the Barn
- Christmas with Rita and Whatsit
- The Little Christmas Elf
- The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Grace at Christmas
- A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas
- The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas
- It’s Christmas, David!
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Froggy’s Best Christmas
- Little Porcupine’s Christmas
- The Legend of Old Befana
- Santa’s Favorite Story
- The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
- The Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas
I’m excited for the month of December. I adore the holiday season. I love watching the wonder and joy on my sons’ faces. I struggle on some personal levels with various aspects of life, but I push through because I know how much they love this time.
Here’s hoping that this year’s holiday brings good things for us all.