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update: I asked my kids what would be special things for Advent to do as a family, kind of an "experience present", and my son, 7, said he really really wants to make candles (I've had a hunk of beeswax sitting around for AGES). So wish us luck Sunday as we try to pour melted beeswax into cleaned out walnut shells... My daughter, almost 3, wants to "make something for someone" so maybe the following Sunday we'll make Christmas cards for special people...
I'm getting excited about this!
We're Christians and we want to keep Christmas about celebrating the birth of Christ so most of what we do revolves around tradition. Some of it is kinda cheesy...
On Christmas morning we will make birthday pancakes and sing Happy Birthday (cheesy part) and will read the Christmas Story.
My kids aren't old enough (17 months and almost 3) to get consumed with consumerism, but DH and I have already agreed that they each get three gifts symbolizing the 3 Wise Men. We also think that if Jesus Himself only got 3 gifts why do our kids need more than that?
We will be going to the nursing home on Christmas day to take regular cookies, sugar free cookies, and little painted salt dough ornaments that the kids will paint.
I made a star garland with all of the people in our lives that we love and are thankful for, and we will countdown to Christmas by cutting a star off and talking about why we are thankful for that person and praying for them.
On Christmas Eve we will have all of our friends over and decorate Christmas cookies. Everyone will come in their jammies and leave with cookies for Santa. We are going to set boots outside for Saint Nicholas and talk about the real St. Nick and being generous giver. The boots will have a little something fun in them.
I really hope to always keep Christmas in perspective. If my kids lose sight of what it is about then we will definitely look at changing things up.
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