I really love Christmas. Not that you can tell, as our Christmas tree currently looks like this:
This is after we have worked on it for two nights. Deplorable Christmas tree skills aside, I really do love Christmas. However, with all the stuff going on in our lives, it kind of sneaked up on me this year.
I think it’s because the temperature is quite cool, but it doesn’t feel like Christmas (it needs to be consistent blistering hot days). In an attempt to make it feel like Christmas we are starting all our Christmas traditions. We really wanted Nick to have so traditions to look forward to each year so here is our list of traditions.
- Advent calendars – I have loved advent calendars since I was a kid, and they don’t always need to be store bought with cheap chocolate. Modest Mum, Caroline, is wrapping up books for her families advent calendars. Check out buzzfeed for some awesome home-made calendar ideas. My personal favourite is Coffee Cups and Crayon’s Random Acts of Kindness Calendar.
- Decorating – We just do our Christmas tree (not even that this year), but I do love seeing people go all out with the decorations. Whether it is wreaths and candles inside or a blitz of Christmas lights outside. I do love seeing everything starting to get christmas-y.
- Christmas Carols – I love Christmas Carols and over December I have them on high rotation. I personally go for the more traditional carols but there is never a shortage on different carols to choose from.
- Christmas Movies – There a certain Christmas movies I look forward to every year. If you are looking for some to get you into the spirit try checking out some of these.
- Baking – I love baking, so it’s no surprise that it’s in this list. Especially the cookies for Santa. When Nick is older, I’ll also let him decorate them all.
- Giving – We are wanting to start a tradition of giving to those in need on Christmas. It’s really important to us to make Christmas to be less of receiving gifts and more about giving and helping others.
We try to do all of these together as for us we want Christmas to be about family. Have I missed any good traditions? What are your traditions?