Photo from Christmas 2008: one of my snowmen stands guard in my yard.
December is here!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! A month of holidays, special celebrations, traditions, family, and friends. There are parties to plan for, galas to attend, decorations to put up, cookies to bake, presents to buy, and so many wonderful memories in the making!
Do: Celebrate St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6).
Why?: On the eve of St. Nicholas Day, children leave their slippers or shoes outside their bedroom door, and hope to find candy, small gifts or coins inside the next morning (we usually stuff our son's slippers with chocolate coins and a small toy or stickers). It's such a sweet tradition and teaches us the origin of Christmas stockings!
Go: To a local tree farm.
Why?: Sure tree lots are cheaper and way more convenient, but what fun is that!? Visiting a tree farm to get a fresh tree provides the most memorable holiday experience (think of Clark W. Griswold in Christmas Vacation and his good old-fashioned family Christmas). There's nothing like the smell of fresh pine in your home, and getting it yourself ensures that you won't have a pile of needles or an unsafe dry tree to contend with throughout the season.
Get: An advent calendar or wreath.
Why?: It's a fun way for the little ones to count down the days until Christmas and build upon their anticipation. If you don't have one, get creative: string stockings or gift boxes filled with little notes, candies, or toys for the kids to open.
Photo: my advent calendar from Target
Help: Donate those extra coins (and a few extra dollars) to the Salvation Army's kettle.
Why?: As I wrote in my November post, this is a hard time of year for so many families - now more than ever given the recession. Charitable organizations have been inundated with requests and many needy families are relying on the extra help just to provide basic necessities, let alone holiday supplies. Besides, helping others is what the holiday season is all about!
Wishing you all a blessed and joyful December!