Photo & Prompt Challenge: Day 22 – Frugal Novice

Photo & Prompt Challenge: Day 22

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?

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  • Brandy March 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love all of the lights. Every year we go visit a local home that is all lit up and the couple dress up as Mrs & Mr Claus .. they hand out candy, have a nice and naughty list, and so much fun there!

    • Christi March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      That sounds like so much fun! What a great family to host that.

      • Brandy March 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Yes. They have a donate can set out and even send letters from Santa after Christmas is over. We donate every year to their donation can, actually my oldest (she is 8 now) always puts some money in, we gather up what money we can laying around house and put it in the can. This past year was first year we wrote to Santa and the kids were so excited to get a letter from Santa after Christmas time. So much they put into this, appreciate it a lot!

  • Aline March 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is listening to Christmas carols on the radio on the 1st day of December. That simple!

    • Christi March 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      That’s true – it always feels like the Christmas season has arrived once Christmas music starts playing on the radio!

  • Janessa March 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I really love the giving idea. I’m going to incorporate something like that for us this year.

  • Katie March 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

    there’s not much not to love about Christmas, that’s for sure.

  • Connie March 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I like Thanksgiving – food, family, and time to share.

  • Lisa March 31, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Ok that’s one of the tastiest looking gingerbread houses I’ve ever seen. I love the chocolate roof.
    I think Christmas is a great holiday, even if its not original.

    • Christi March 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! I did quite a bit of snacking on the building materials, I have to admit!

  • Tammy March 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I’m partial to Easter as my favorite holiday. I do so much love making Gingerbread houses at Christmas – actually we make them at Easter too ;)