My most favorite holiday EVER is Christmas. I feel so happy the entire month of December. Even with strangers who would normally make me angry and irritable, I find myself far more patient and more tolerant of others being really stupid. It just doesn't matter, I feel great the entire month. I love shopping for gifts, I love giving the gifts, I love receiving gifts. I love baking (mostly), I love decorating, I love finding one fun thing after another to do with my kids and take a million pictures. I just really enjoy every aspect of Christmas.
So every year we have a tradition where each kid gets to pick out their own special ornament from a store. It doesn't matter what it is, so long as they picked it out. This year Olivia picked out a leopard print stuffed heart and Jackson picked out a minion. Those are always the first ornaments to go on the tree. And though I didn't take a picture for here, we also get ornaments over the year from places we've been, OR if we haven't gone on vacation, we get something that represents a milestone or something fun from the year. This year we have lots of ornaments from our South Dakota trip. Usually then I take a picture of our new ornaments and I have a small photo album I put them in, write why we have those ornaments, and then when people come over they page through the book and try to find the ornaments on the tree.
My other favorite thing is having them write out their Christmas wish lists. They spend such a long time on it, they really want to make sure they convey EXACTLY what they want.
I'm pretty much all done with my Christmas shopping except for a couple odds and ends I can only buy online and I hope to do that on payday. I also will get all of the boxes I need to mail in transit this weekend (crossing fingers) so then I can work on my Christmas cards. I hand make our Christmas cards and write up a little letter, because I'm really a little old lady at heart. AND because I think people should get back into sending Christmas cards. I absolutely love receiving them, and hearing about their year's highlights. Because again, I'm basically a little old lady at heart.
Are YOU ready for Christmas? What fun traditions does your family have?