Last year I wrote about our advent calendar, how I decorated it and that I’d planned for it to become part of our Christmas traditions.
Well, its back! I’m already finding it’s hard to explain to a toddler that he can only open 1 drawer each day but as it’s kept out of reach its not so bad. Even if wants to throw a paddy, he can’t get at it.
We have new activities in it this year too as Dexter is older and can obviously do more. December the 1st is always ‘Write letter to Santa’ so we have done that this morning using a kit from a local shop and we plan on posting it this evening. The kit also includes a reply from santa so I’m going to post that one to Dexter while he isn’t looking or maybe just put in in the letter box one morning so he can find it himself.
Other activities this year will include going to see the Coca-Cola truck when it visits Peterborough later this month, a visit to see Santa at Baytree Garden Centre. We also have some new crafts to add too such as making beaded candy canes on pipe cleaners, painting Christmas sun catchers that we can then hang on the tree, making Christmas crackers and watching movies with popcorn and hot chocolate. If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure to be sharing our activities each day.
Another tradition we have started is for each of us to have a new ornament or decoration for our tree. For myself and Liam these aren’t as important but for Dexter and our future child(ren) these are intended to be looked after and used each year until one day they fly the nest. Once they leave home and have a Christmas tree of their own, they will already have a few decorations to go on their tree and start their own traditions with. These below are this years new additions apart from the bottom left which is my choice for last year. I’m still yet to find one I want this year but Liam has chosen this copper geometric one and Dexter chose the squirrel as he’s seen quite a lot of them on walks to preschool this year and it matches his reindeer from last year.
I’m quite a Christmas-a-holic so I love doing things like this. I’m always one of the first to have our decorations up and I love the idea of having our own family traditions.
What do you do for advent or what Christmas traditions do you observe? I’d love to see how you do it with your family. Please do share what you get up to. I look forward to hearing from you all.