I’ve been pretty pleased with the transition from holiday to holiday, since Halloween, this year. Halloween was relatively cool for Houston, which was a nice change. Thanksgiving was even cooler! And although the weather warmed up for a few days earlier this week, a wonderful cold front has blown in and it’s chilly once again! On top of all that, it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas and I’m planning all the fun things to do with my kids!
Right after Thanksgiving, we assembled the Christmas tree and they helped me decorate it. They also decorated their own mini trees again this year (and I found mini battery-powered lights to go with them, this time!) and got their stockings all ready for Santa!
For me, Christmas is a great time for traditions and making memories. One of our more recent traditions is adopting an “Angel” from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. I wanted my boys to know how fortunate they are, and to understand that not every kid is as lucky as they are. Starting last year, we adopted an Angel and shopped together as a family for things that the Angel wished for (a combination of toys and clothing). This year, we were able to adopt 2 Angels!
One of my favorite things to do at Christmastime is look at all the houses decked out in their holiday decorations! I look forward to driving across town with my boys to get Starbucks hot chocolates (for them) and a gingerbread latte (for me) before heading into Prestonwood to check out all the Christmas lights! This is a tradition my parents started with me when I was young, and it occurred to me a few years ago to check and see if the neighborhood still went all out. Happily, I found out they do and from that point on I decided to make it a yearly “thing” for me and the boys!
One of our other yearly Christmas traditions is spending Christmas eve at my parents’ house with my sisters and all the kids, making Christmas cookies for Santa and then decorating them! We spend the evening watching Christmas cartoons and movies (Mickey Mouse’s Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, White Christmas and more) as they wait for Santa! The boys also get to pick their favorite decorated cookie (one each) to leave for Santa with a big glass of milk.
When we all wake up on Christmas morning (before the sun is up), we pile in front of the Christmas tree and I watch their faces light up when they see all the packages and their full stockings, and listen to them gush about how Santa loved their cookies when all they find is crumbs and an empty glass!
After we open gifts from Santa, we hurry to get dressed and head over to my parents’ house for breakfast with the rest of my family. After breakfast, we all exchange gifts and relax a little bit before we begin to cook and bake for the big family dinner that evening! It’s such a fun time, and each year seems better than the last!