The Holiday Season is here! I love this time of year and being a mom makes it even more awesome. Sharing Christmas traditions with my two little birds, and creating new ones with them as well makes me so happy.
Below are a couple of Christmas traditions that we love.
- CHRISTMAS TREES IN DETROIT: The Christmas Tree lighting downtown Detroit in Campus Martius Park. This usually happens mid-November, and it's a great way to get the holiday season started. We usually put up our tree around this time as well. This is our 2nd year going to the Christmas Tree lighting and it's always a lot of fun!
- CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: A visit to Frankenmuth, Michigan early November to get a couple Christmas ornaments, swim (which is fun anytime), eat a delicious chicken dinner, start some Christmas shopping, and spend some time together as a family. My girls chanted 'Christmas Village, Christmas Village' as we drove through downtown Frankenmuth and it made me so happy seeing both of them filled with joy. This year was our first time going and we will definately continue this tradition.
- BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Christmas morning we sing 'Happy Birthday' to Jesus. We usually eat Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and I put candles in each of their cinnamon rolls and we put the nativity scene on the breakfast table. I tell them the story of Jesus birth and why we celebrate Christmas and then we sing and blow out candles. We have been doing this for about 4 years and it's a great way to get our focus on the reason for Christmas which is Jesus...before we dive into opening gifts and running around with cousins.
- PICTURES: Christmas pictures with Santa and awkward family photos. Sometimes it's just easier to laugh, act silly, and be ourselves instead of trying to pose anyone for a Christmas picture. These have been really funny over the past two years.
These are the four big ones that I would like to make sure I continue doing with my littles but something I would love to start is the 'random acts of kindness' calendar. I know it's important to always be kind but this is a great way to keep your kids and even yourself accountable and ensure you are doing things above and beyond to show love and kindness through the holiday season. I've attached a copy of the calendar I created for my girls this year.