Picture from here
With all that said, I was trying to start some Christmas traditions with Alex. I realize that he's young this year and won't really remember much/participate this year. I was trying to come up with some traditions to start. Here are some ideas that I've seen.
- Elf on the Shelf - I've seen this all over the blog world and I think that this is a great idea once Alex is old enough!
- Yearly Ornament - My parents didn't do this for us but I really like the idea of buying an ornament each year. Then when they move away they have ornaments to bring with them for their tree.
- Cookie Baking - I love making Christmas cookies. The season always seems to pass to quickly, but I really want to at least have an afternoon of baking each year.
- Christmas books Advent Calendar - I initially saw this blogged about here. I think I'll buy books after Christmas this year (get some on sale) to start next year. Though, maybe I'll only buy 12 books this year for next and then 12 new ones the year after and do an every other day kind of thing. I'm sure we'll get some books this year.
- Christmas Tree - Making a special day out of putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations.
- Christmas Movies - I LOVE watching Christmas movies on TV. Maybe watching a Christmas movie once a week in December. (i.e. Elf, The Grinch)
- Visiting Santa - Actually I'm kind of on the fence about this one. Maybe this sounds silly but I don't want him to think that Christmas is just about getting gifts and for some reason standing in the mall forever in lines to tell Santa what you want just doesn't appeal to me. Call me crazy.
- Sleigh Ride/Riding around looking at lights - One thing I like about the season is looking at all of the lights and decorations that people put up. Here in the south not as many people put up as many lights/decorations as they do in the north (at least in my opinion), but it's still fun to drive around. And I know that there are lots of Lights on the Lake/Park, etc type places that would be cool too. The sleigh ride is something I used to do in NY, though that doesn't work as well here in the south.
- Giving/Volunteering - I really, really want to stress to Alex (and any other kids we have) that Christmas isn't about getting gifts but it's about giving to people too. Helping those that are less fortunate (though why does this come up the most during Christmas, we should be doing this all year round!) and just helping the community in general. Kurt and I have found ways to give over the last few years, we purchase gifts for the kids on the trees at the mall or volunteer at the Food Banks.
- Meaning of the Season - With all that said, it's not about Santa or any of that for the true meaning of Christmas. I don't usually blog about religion, but Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ and that's what we're truly celebrating and we need to remember this the whole season long, not just by going to church on Christmas/Christmas Eve.