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- August 14, 2007 at 3:58 pm #253177
Our daughter just turned two this year so we are really starting to
decide what Christmas traditions we want to celebrate in our
household. I usually pick a theme after Christmas is over for the
next years Christmas (this year its-love, last year-peace, year
before-joy). This theme allows me to choose things throughout the
year and to shop the after Christmas markdowns. So for this year
everything will be hearts, red and gold, and our handmade gifts for
our over 150 friends, family neighbors, co-workers, and my daughter’s
classmates will all be themed around “Love”.
Decorating in our household is a first Saturday evening after
Thanksgiving project. My husband pulls out the tree and sets it up we
put on all our prior year ornaments and fill in with the balls in this
years colors. I put up a ribbon (now two) that stretch down the
hallway with all the prior Christmas’ cards on them. We decorate our
house with greenery and warm blankets (we live in TX so it doesn’t get
really cold till December if at all.) We change out our summer linens
for our winter ones and try to put something “Christ” centered in
every room, whether just an open bible , Christmas story books in the
quiet rooms, the advent calendar in the dining room, or the nativity
in the living room. We put mistletoe above our bed to remind us to
love each other through the hectic holidays. I usually pull out the
hot chocolate and apple cinnamon drink mixes for snuggle time each
evening. I look forward to warm milk and cookie nights with my
daughter this year. We will watch movies like Miracle on 34th St and
such on Friday and Saturday evenings but the other nights we will read
We will go look at Christmas lights one evening the week before
Christmas Eve. We also will do whatever church activities are going
on that year. I would love to go caroling or at least go to the park
where caroling is going on. We also have a baking night the weekend
before Christmas for our neighbors and I liked that idea of a come and
go party, but we usually just go door to door and meet and greet.
Christmas songs fill our home for the week prior to Christmas or while
we are doing activities together. I hope that we can have gingerbread
houses and other Christmas crafts when the kids get older. We send
Christmas newsletters to everyone in the family and close friends
enclosed with their gift. We hand deliver as many as possible between
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In our home Santa and Jesus switch priority. By that I mean Santa is
a story we only hear on the night before Christmas. We tell the
actual story of St Nick not the reindeer version. We encourage our
kids to have giving hearts and to look for opportunities and needs in
those around them. On Christmas day it is about giving not receiving.
We go out to nursing homes, shelters, widows, orphans, etc and give
them baskets of goodies we made the prior weekend. I hope our kids
will play “Santa” for other people as they grow up. Presents within
our family are one want, one need, one clothing, and one book and CD
for each member and are opened the day after Christmas. Now our
extended family almost always showers us with gifts so we do not feel
our children go without. Also they do get stockings on the corners of
their beds that they wake up to Christmas morning. I usually put
small gifts I have found through the year in them. (Us adults and the
pets get one too) This is opened Christmas morning. Our advent
calendar has a scripture and a treat in each drawer opened the 24 days
prior to Christmas. Well that is our Christmas in a nutshell.
Speaking of which I would love to see the nutcracker ballet one day.
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