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Christmas To-Do List : {Making Memories}

Our Christmas to do list usually starts before Thanksgiving. Gasp! Yes, we usually try to see Santa before Thanksgiving. My previous post shares are reasons behind visiting him before Thanksgiving.

The rest of our holiday activities usually kick off the first weekend in December, with a trip to Disney on Ice. My girl loves it! Her favorite Disney princess is Snow White! It may have something to do with the fact that, it was her birthday theme this past year. Nevertheless, it made this year the best Disney on Ice ever, because Snow White and the seven dwarves  made an appearance! Or as my daughter likes to call them – the 7 D’s!  She attended the show all decked out in her Snow White attire!

The rest of our weekends are usually spent doing different holiday activities – everything from pancake and pajama breakfast, to seeing Christmas plays, cookie decorating, and going to all the small town Christmas events.

My Pinterest searches are usually brimming with holiday cheer starting in July. I am always on the lookout for fresh new ideas and activities. There are always things I’d like to add, but of course that would mean doing away with a few others. Anyone else have that problem? You see so many cute suggestions or ideas, that it becomes hard to narrow down your holiday list?

One holiday activity I would love to add would be taking the girls on the Polar Express train ride. I think they would love it! Or even the possibility of attending the Polar Express pajama party at our theater. Of course that would mean giving up Disney on Ice. Decisions, decisions…

Another suggestion that came in this year from a fellow mama, was visiting Santa at the Macy’s in Chicago. She made it sound like it was the most magical experience ever – so of course it’s on my wish list for upcoming years. Anyone ever taken your child there? We’ve never been. It would definitely be a little bit of a journey with two little ones. But it just sounds like a truly wonderful experience.

One of our regular traditions is to go back to my husband’s hometown and attend their Christmas festivities. Unfortunately with the weather being unpredictable, it meant we were unable to attend this year.  We were all a little bummed… Luckily with my list of ideas we were able to do a few activities in place of our travel plans.

We had a Polar Express movie night. Complete with cookie making and hot chocolate!  I didn’t want to make it too complicated. So we just used the premade sheets of cookie dough and the packets of hot chocolate mix. We had the best time! ! I hope to make this a yearly tradition!

Our second activity (making a Gingerbread House) was fun, but won’t be winning us any awards! The house completely fell apart before it was even half way decorated, but my girl had a blast! Especially eating all the decorations. My friend Kelly, said we need to purchase the pre-made houses! Thanks Kelly! I will definitely do that next year!

What are some of your favorite Christmas activities? Do you find it hard to pick and choose which ones to do each year?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

My Top 5 Christmas Traditions to Start With Kids

Now that December is in full swing, so is the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I must admit, I have been preparing for this since the summer. My pinterest account is bursting at the seams with Christmas activities. My daughter has now reached the stage where she can get into all the festivities. So now, I have a 25 days of Christmas calendar created just for this occasion.

Here are my top 5 Christmas Traditions that I am excited to start with my daughter!

1.   Elf on the Shelf

I purchased our elf when my daughter was still an infant. Leaving it secretly tucked away in the back of my closet until this year! A few weeks ago I DVRed the Elf on the Shelf movie, which I proceeded to play everyday in preparation for his arrival. Needless to say, my daughter ended up naming him Chippy. Click here to see where I got the idea for Chippy to make his grand appearance!

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2.   25 days of children’s religious Christmas books

A friend of mine does this tradition every year with her kids. It sounded like a great idea! I chose to make them religious because I want to keep God at the forefront of the Christmas season. You wrap one book up a day for them to open. In our case, we are using library books. There is no way I will purchase 25 books every year and the kids won’t care either way!

3.   Polar Express Party

I love this idea! My husband and I used to go to the iMax Theater every year to see it before we had children. Since our daughter was born I have been wanting to take her to the different Polar Express activities that go on this time of year. The Polar Express Train Ride was my first choice, but the tickets alone are VERY expensive. Not to mention we would need to travel a good distance to be a part of one. My other thought was the Polar Express PJ party at a near by children’s museum. Unfortunately, the tickets sold out in less than an hour. Leaving only a few undesirable times left. So instead, we are going to create a Polar Express Pajama Party at home! Our party will include: a train ticket, reading the book, and watching the movie while eat cookies and drinking hot chocolate in our pjs. Click here to see the details from a Pinterest post I found!

4.   Christmas Eve Present

This is a tradition we had in my house growing up. Our parents would pick out one present for each of us to open on Christmas Eve night. It was typically a CD, movie, or book. Something to keep us busy the rest of the evening. I want to take this tradition a step further. In our daughters Christmas Eve box will be a movie, pjs, popcorn, and a packet of hot chocolate. Click here to see some great printable labels for your box!

5.   Christmas Day Movie

My husband and I love watching movies. Its been our thing since we began dating. Our daughter even enjoys going to the theater. So we have tossed around the idea of going to see a children’s movie at the theater on Christmas night. We thought it would be a great unique tradition start. For me, something like this is a normal thought because when I was younger my family and I would go bowling on Christmas Day. I always enjoyed having something so ordinary become such a unique tradition, because not a lot of families I knew went out on Christmas Day.

What were your favorite Christmas traditions as a child? What traditions have you started with your children?

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