I have this fabric Christmas tree advent calendar that I bust out every year for the kids to countdown for the big man’s visit. The little Santa is worn and he has been lost a time or two, but he is there every year staring at me from inside the Christmas box o treasures. The tree usually ends up hanging on the bathroom door and everyone wants to move Santa to the next pocket and closer to Christmas morning. The kids love it and it’s a tradition we have kept alive.
Another tradition is the idea of celebrating the entire month of December by doing activities together. We have several static items we do, like go see the Nutcracker at our local theatre, visit Guido Gardens and Thompson Farm to see the acres of inflatable Christmas cheer. Charlie the Elf shows up for breakfast on December 1st and we visit the crappy mall Santa mid-month for our standard 4×6 holiday photo that sets me back $36. Well, this is all great and wonderful, but it’s getting kind of BORING and EXPENSIVE. So I went on a mission to explore some other Christmas activities.
- visit a local Botanical Gardens Christmas Lights Savannah Botanical Gardens
- find out if your neighborhood has a community celebration First Friday
- Make peppermint ice cream
- Host a cookie exchange party
- Go ice skating Skatefest
- Celebrate the winter solstice.
- Have a hot cocoa party
- Hit up the local library, they usually have tons of free activities going on.
On the days I work, we might not have anything planned, or we do little things like making a small ornament or craft. I try to focus on togetherness, not on the commercialism that has become Christmas. These little things are what our children will remember.
I’d love for you to share your holiday plans!