Today’s Challenge: Your Favorite Holiday
I wish I had a more unique response to this prompt, but Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. For one thing, it feels like it lasts a long time – we start decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving! I have to admit, there was one year that we didn’t even put up our tree because we weren’t spending Christmas at our house. But now that the boys are old enough to enjoy it, I have a blast decorating the house!
I also love the traditions of the holiday season. We do an advent calendar (and can I say, nothing works better to keep children in their beds all night than the promise of chocolate in the morning?) and make homemade ornaments, and each of the boys gets to pick a Hallmark ornament. We usually do a gingerbread house as a family, but this past year our friends ramped that up a bit by providing houses for each of us to decorate – that’s mine in the photo! It was a lot of fun and is a tradition we plan to continue. We put out carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve night, and the boys wear new Christmas-themed jammies to bed. Now that they’re getting a little older and “get” it more, we also read the story of Jesus’ birth.
This past year singing was a huge part of our Christmas experience. I bought a multi-disc pack of Christmas songs, with everything from Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer (the favorite) to Silent Night on it. We listened to it all. the. time. at the request of the boys, and we were still singing some of these songs at bedtime this month.
We thought of a new tradition to start this year, and I’m really excited about it. The boys will still get their little advent calendars with chocolate in them, but we’ll also have a “giving” calendar with an activity to do each day – things like donating some toys to a local charity, making art for people at the local nursing home, or making cookies for our neighbors. We think it’ll be a fun way to teach them about the joy of giving, and create some great family memories along the way.
What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?