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Oh, I am so excited it is December! Last year, I wrote down a list of everything holiday themed we did, and the things we didn’t get to, so I could remember for this year.
I am big on traditions and consistency. I think kids thrive best when they can depend on not only a daily rhythm but a yearly one (a little flexibility is good of course).
I want to give her memories and traditions that I never got, or didn’t get consistently.
I want to try and do a Christmas themed thing every day, even if it is something super simple.
I am so excited that she is 2 now and can really start to participate and experience the joy of Christmas and that my husband and I will get to relive that magic through her.
Ok, so here is my list. Please let me know if I am forgetting anything, like I said a lot of these traditions are new to me!
- Open some new christmas jammies on Christmas eve.
- Make and advent calendar (did this already, I will show you soon!)
- Put up lights outside this year. Papa, this is all you. And you better do it soon.
- Put up a second Christmas tree in the kitchen for our salt dough ornaments.
- Make salt dough ornaments
- I would love to take Penelope to disney to see all the decorations and lights.
- Some sort of volunteering that is age appropriate. I need some ideas! Maybe go to an assisted living home? Shop for toys for underprivileged kids?
- Go see the Christmas lights in our neighborhood.
- Go see the Christmas lights at Dorothy B. Oven park
- Go to Thomasville’s Victorian Christmas (Dec 8 & 9). We went to Tallahassee’s last year and it was meh.
- Get our Christmas tree at Tallahassee Nurseries. We have gotten our tree there since 2005. Peter likes the stands they sell because they are really sturdy and that they put the tree on the stand for you.
- Bake Cookies! I am going to try and make ginger cookies this year, from a recipe from Peter’s great-grandmother, wish me luck!
- Go get our turkey from the farm for Christmas Eve dinner
- Christmas Eve Mass
- Take Penelope to see Santa. Last year the restaurant in our neighborhood golf course did a Santa brunch. It was a really relaxing way to see Santa, so I hope they do it again.
- Watch holiday movies, last year Polar Express was her favorite.
- Get a special ornament for Penelope (this is done too, I will show you on Monday!)
- Get a wood or plastic nativity scene so Penelope can play with them. Teach her the story.
- Make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. Usually I buy store bought, but I would love to figure out an easy recipe to make them from scratch. Anyone have any easy ones?
- Eat pan dulce on Christmas day. This is an Italian tradition from Peter’s family in Argentina. His family is of German and Lativan descent, even though they are Argentian. There are so many Italian-Argentians, that the tradition has stuck.
- Handprints on the tree skirt. The year Penelope was born I bought a tree skirt from Red Envelope and you make hand prints each year and then in twenty years its full.
- Crafts! I have several all ready planned out, but still looking for a few more ideas
- Make a gingerbread house. We did this last year, well Papa took it over and we watched, it was really fun.
- Make Penelope a Christmas outfit.
- Make one of her gifts.
- Put cookies and milk out for Santa on a special plate, I bought one last year, so cute!
- Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas day.
So there you have it! What am I missing? What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
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