Another month begins, and it’s my favorite month of them all.
DECEMBER. The month of joy and cheer and Christmas lights and fireplaces and music and stockings and jackets and scarves and baked goods and shopping and bright-colored wrapping and all-around anticipation. *happy sigh* I’ve always loved Christmas time, but with my three year old now old enough to understand more of what’s going on, I’m enjoying it on an entirely new level.
Last month, during our Once-A-Month Question, I asked you all how old your children were. I loved the response I got! As a blogger, I’m always curious about who reads what I write. Putting families to names, of regular commenters and one-time commenters alike, was such a rewarding experience! I wish you could understand how much I enjoy getting to know you better!
So without further adieu, this month’s question involves Christmas memories. What memorable traditions does your family have?
This can be something you grew up with or something you have done or wish to do for your own children. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. My husband’s family had a Christmas morning tradition where the children were able to empty out their stockings as soon as they awoke in the morning. (My family always opened them together on Christmas Eve.)
I’ll go first:
This is the second year I’ve put together an Advent calender for my husband and the boys. I divided the Christmas story into 25 sections and put them into envelopes. Each envelope has a reading and a treat for each of them. My husband has a variety of coupons (for a back massage, his pick of a movie, special dates planned, etc) and the boys have a small sugary treat in each (from a mini variety pack I got on sale after Halloween). Each morning, my husband gets the next numbered envelope out and reads the scripture story aloud. Then the boys pounce on the treats and enjoy a few skittles before breakfast. (Not usually the trademark of a great Mom, but hey! It’s Christmastime!)
I’m looking forward to reading what traditions you’ve created. Now it’s your turn! Go!