- Listening to Christmas music all the time (especially Alvin and the Chipmunks!).
- Getting a new ornament every year (usually for Christmas), and when decorating the tree, looking at all our ornaments from years past.
- Baking cookies and giving them to our neighbors
- Going to church on Christmas Eve for the candlelight service (although last year the weather was terrible and I wasn't able to go)
- Following the "4 gift rule" to this rhyme: "Something you want, something you need, something to play with and something to read." Santa brings one large gift, the stocking full of goodies and a few other presents.... all wrapped in special "Santa" paper.
- Putting out milk and cookies for Santa
- 25 days til Christmas socks in place of the advent calendar. In each sock there will be a tiny gift/treat. Something relating to Jesus, Christmas, winter etc…
- New pajamas on Christmas Eve
- A book basket in the living room with Christmas books to read throughout the month
- Elf on a Shelf- I purchased a little elf guy from eBay and pretty soon he'll be arriving at our house to "spy" on Porter and report back to Santa. Not sure he'll understand fully yet (as in... I think he'll understand but not care that Santa will know if he's "naughty" LOL!), but I think it'll be fun to begin the tradition now while he's young. Christmas Eve he'll hitch a ride with Santa back to the North Pole.
- 25 Days of Christmas Books- this year I wrapped 24 of our Christmas books (yes, we have that many.... and more, actually) with newspaper (To be "green" LOL! I used the comics for some, and the rest I let Porter paint or color with red and green markers). Each night before bed, he gets to choose a wrapped book to read for his bedtime story. Two books are reserved, though: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas and of course, the Night Before Christmas (for the respective evenings... the 23rd and 24th)
- Mini Tree in the bedroom: Last year I bought a little 30" tree and ornaments on clearance at Target around New Years. Porter and I set up the tree and decorated it in his room. This year I will look for a tree for Hudson. (however... the tree and ornaments have since been removed from P's room... he kept taking down the ornaments to play with them and this morning I found the tree knocked over. Maybe we'll try again next year?)
- I think this year, instead of my intricate, matching wrapping paper I'm going to be a bit more earth friendly and use newspaper to wrap gifts and then put on some pretty ribbon to decorate.
Here are some other Christmas posts from last year. I might revisit some of the questions in posts this year to see if anyone else has anything new to share!