Just thought I'd pop in quick and share our Christmas Traditions with you. Note: A lot of these ideas I saw on Pinterest. I heart Pinterest.
- The Lord of the Rings. Mr. N and I watch the LOTR trilogy extended version (read: 300 hours, give or take) every year at Christmas. Of course, now there's the two Hobbit movies and we are very much looking forward to seeing the third one in the theater! eek!
So, now we start the movies in early December and usually have them finished by Christmas Day. You do what you have to, people.
- The Jesse Tree. We are using these this year (trying to keep it simple!), but I think next year we'll either do the Truth in the Tinsel (not quite a Jesse Tree, but similar) or something like this (which is really ambitious!) or these felt ornaments. We're reading this book, The Jesse Tree, too.
Our "tree" is some sticks I painted white a few years ago. Nothing fancy, but it works. (the two jars next to it are our homeschool treasure jars. ;o)
- Advent Calendar. We're using this one from My Joy-Filled Life. I liked that I could write my own in activities in because I wanted to plan it so that we didn't have to make cookies or go sledding on a day that we had church or something. Here's our list of Advent Activities, in no particular order:
- decorate tree and inside of house
- make salt-dough ornaments (I highly recommend doing this. it was so easy and fun! the girls and I really enjoyed painting them)
- build a snowman
- make gingerbread houses
- make spice-dough ornaments (these are so pretty--ours will be much simpler, I'm sure.)
- bake a birthday cake for Jesus
- read Christmas story from Luke 2
- make felt ornaments. aren't these candy ones cute? (I have a lot of ornament making on my list, don't I?)
- drive around and look at lights
- watch It's a Wonderful Life (or any Christmas movie) and make popcorn
- make Christmas sugar cookies
- make Buckeyes
- make birdseed balls (here's a similar recipe)
- make paper snowflakes (we made a few Frozen ones. Of course.) aren't these AMAZING?
an Olaf snowflake
- make snow ice cream
- donate old toys (love this one)
- play a family game together (I love games!)
- make homemade hot chocolate
- sing Christmas carols
- watch The Grinch
- act out the Christmas story from the Bible
- go sledding
- read Christmas chapter in Little House in the Big Woods
- stay in PJ's all day (a personal favorite)
- have indoor picnic under Christmas tree
- Chocolate Advent Calendar. Every morning after the girls wake up they get to eat that day's chocolate from their Advent Calendar. We just buy the $0.99 ones from Aldi.
- Book-a-Day Advent Calendar - This is maybe my favorite tradition. I wrap(!) 25 books (I only have half of them done), place them under the tree and we open one each day until Christmas. Hint: you do not have to own all of the books. I went last week and checked out about 15 Christmas books from the library and wrapped up those. Of course, we're slowly building up our own Christmas collection, but for now, the library works for me! I'll try and post some titles later. This post is taking way too much time as it is! :)
- Animal Crossing. This isn't an official tradition, it just kind of happens. Every year around Thanksgiving we (the whole family) start to play Animal Crossing. Mr. N and I have played this game together since 2002ish. Nowadays, we all play a little video games in this house. :) In fact, Animal Crossing: City Folk was my Christmas present a few years ago.
What are some of your Christmas Traditions?