Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Update

Oh yes, I know you all were waiting on the edge of your seat for this one.  hahaha

I am pretty much finished shopping for the boys.  Just need some stocking stuffers and something for the husband.  wooohooo  A few little things for other people, but the big stuff is done.

I am enjoying Christmas shopping this year.  "Gifts" is my love language so I usually get a thrill out of planning/making/buying gifts.  One year I made handmade gifts for everyone on my list.  This year is a lean one, but not the leanest we've had.  We save a little each month throughout the year so I have a little cash to work with come shopping time.  Throw in some good deals and I think we've done ok. 

Regardless of your gifting budget, family traditions are an important way to make the holidays special and memorable.

For us, I want to focus a lot on the season of Advent.  I have a children's book advent I'm working on.  I also would like to start doing an Advent wreath so we can follow along with the reading and candle lighting that our church does.  (More great Advent countdown ideas here, here and here.)

Another tradition involves going to a lights and animated village at a garden center near my in-laws.  I would really love to start the tradition of annual trip out to Longwood Gardens as well.  My lights-obsessed son would flip! 

Of course there are traditions about the gifts themselves.  My mom would let us choose a small gift to open on Christmas Eve. I am doing a variation on that and am giving the boys new PJs to open every Christmas Eve.  Some people have a set number of gifts or themes for the gifts.  (I love these wear, read, want, need tags!)  I have thought about limiting the number of gifts and we naturally have been buying less and less each year out of necessity.  Still pondering this one.

The boys' PJ's for this year from Gymbo. Love 'em!

What family traditions do you remember from childhood?  Which traditions will you start with your family?

I read a similar discussion on FB the other day.  The one mom said that she fills the living room with red, green and silver balloons.  So the kids have to wade through them to get to the tree.  She said it has really helped on the slim gift giving years and the kids love it.

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