Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Traditions: The Twelve Days Before Christmas

This year with a 5 month old and a 2 year old, we have been a little slow getting the house decorated. On Thanksgiving Day, both of my very spry 80-something grandparents were hospitalized for separate medical conditions. The tree is up but undecorated, the old wooden sled that normally sits next to the front door decorated with a swag and bow still sits in the garage somewhere, and boxes of Christmas decorations sit on a shelf in the spare bedroom, untouched. We are slowly pulling things out but it is hard since my hubby works long hours.

I have been thinking a lot about family traditions. I want my daughters to enjoy this time of year and to realize that it is about family and not just presents. Since we are a little behind this year, I made my checklist of things to do before December 25th. Boy, do we have a lot to cram in before the big day arrives. It is pretty fitting that I have 12 things on our list and there are at least twelve days before Christmas (I have a few extra days built in...)

1) Help choose and decorate the Christmas tree. (We got the first part done.)

2) Make faux gingerbread houses using graham crackers, icing, and candy and also yummy marshmellow snowmen.

3) Watch Frosty, Rudolph, A Charlie Brown Christmas, or the new favorite, Prep and Landing.

4) Go caroling.

5) Mail Christmas cards. (I have the seals for my daughter to put on the envelopes. I have a feeling people will be wondering why the seals are not on the flaps but on odd places on the back of the envelopes.)

6) Help wrap gifts. (I bought solid wrapping paper so my daughter can go to town with stickers and markers.)

7) Help decide where charity money is going and deliver it to its destination.

8) Bake Xmas cookies for Xmas Day.

9) Drive around and look at Xmas Lights.

10) Write a letter to Santa and mail it.

11) Finish Christmas crafts (paper chains for the stairway and something to hang on the refrigerator door).

12) Christmas Eve: Read Twas the Night Before Christmas and open a gift(s) from Mommy & Daddy (new pjs for Xmas morning and the girls' yearly ornament for the tree). Set out the cookies we baked for Santa and treats for the reindeer.


Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Hi. Visiting from MBC. Great list. I like the idea about buying plain paper & letting your kids decorate it with stickers. I'm following your blog now & also on Twitter.

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

Caroling - WOW! I haven't done that since I was probably 11 yrs old. That list is great - many of those same things are on my list (except for the caroling!).

New follower from MBC - come and visit me

More than a Mom said...

I'm also a former educator with two kids of my own. I absolutely LOVE the idea of wrapping gifts with plain paper so the kids can color and decorate them. Thanks!

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