Well... way back on December 1st, I blogged about Christmas Traditions and listed 20 traditions that I love to do (or try to do each year). So, since Christmas is almost here, I thought I would do a little update on all of the Christmas fun we have been having this season!
We accomplished #1, Visit Santa Claus and have picture taken. It did not go well.
We accomplished #2, drive around and look at Christmas light, with the neighbors when we went to Bull Run Park. You can see more pictures here.
We accomplished #3, by hosting our (almost) annual Christmas party.
You can read more about it here.
#4 is give Elizabeth a new Christmas ornament each year. She will be getting one on Christmas Eve (along with Ben and I). It's a new tradition I want to start. Each year on Christmas Eve, we will each open one present, that present being our new ornament for the year.
#5, complete and advent calendar. Well... all three of us have advent calendars, and all three of us have failed miserably at eating a piece of chocolate each day. How is that possible? I am hoping to play catch-up today.
#6, Watch my favorite Christmas movies at least once. We (I) kinda did this. Ben and I watched Christmas Vacation, and yesterday I watched Love Actually. I also really like Home Alone, so maybe we can watch that tonight. What are your favorite Christmas movies?
#7, Read different Christmas books with Elizabeth. Well, this was a major fail. She has several Christmas books and I put them in her book basket, but she would not go near them. After I book those books in, she became scared of her basket. So, we took the books out and put them back in her playroom. Maybe next year...
#8, make/decorate a gingerbread house. This. did. not. happen. Not even close. Maybe next year...
#9, Decorate a Christmas Tree. Check! Check! Check! We have three trees up this year!
Our Family Tree
Our Red and Green "pretty" tree
#10, Attend a candlelight Church service. I am hoping that Ben gets to do this tomorrow night. I will not be going to Church this year because of my foot surgery. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is my favorite service all year and I am super disappointed that I don't get to go.
#11, Display a nativity scene. We have several.
One in the china cabinet (above).
One on our end table in the family room.
A tiny one on the bar...
#12, Find a special plate for Santa Cookies. I have searched high and low for a special plate and cannot find one. I went to Target, Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, World Market. If anyone has a plate specifically for Santa Cookies, will you please let me know where you got it. Thank you!!!
#13, Decorate the outside of the house. I don't have a picture, but we have candles in all the windows and lights in the trees and bushes. We also have lights around the garage and door this year!
~ Thank you Ben!
#14, Make a homemade Christmas Eve dinner. Ben is doing that tomorrow.
#15, Make Christmas cookies. Check!!! I made Granny B's sugar cookies, check them out here!
#16, Send Christmas cards. We did that. I also have a post about it here.
#17, Open presents on Christmas morning. Well, yes I hope we do this one!
#18, Make a homemade Christmas day breakfast. Ben is doing this as well.
#19, Exchange presents with family and friends. Done!
#20, Have Santa visit and leave presents for Elizabeth (I have a sneaking suspicion that he is coming tomorrow night).
I hope you were able to do some of your favorite traditions this year and that you have taken time to enjoy the holiday season.