I'm back to unload some Christmas Cheer! So far this holly jolly season we've...
...decked the halls:
...decorated our tree:
...made ornaments and decorated cookies with cousins:
...taken a couple of driving detours on the way home to point out Christmas lights to Reed... But I'm super excited to visit the Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights on the 26th when we get together with our Cagle family. Matt and I have never been before, and I hope we have a lot of fun bundling up and getting hot chocolate and snacks as we ride the "jolly trolley" through the lights display. (My brother-in-law got a great deal on tickets through work, but I will check back in and let you know if it's worth a trip for next year!)
...eaten candy canes.
story" of the candy cane next year or so!
...still been trucking along with our Jesse Tree.
And up next...
Christmas in France- I've mentioned before my family's tradition of celebrating Christmas by country. My Mom implemented the idea a couple of years ago and so far we have done Noche Buena (Mexican Christmas Eve) and il Natale (Italian Christmas). We always get kind of into the planning- traditions, games, food- and I LOVE it... but I'm totally cheesy like that! I will definitely check back in after the 26th and let you know how la jour de Noel unfolds! I hear Pere Fouettard gives out spankings to bad children in France! :) (Side note: I was just thinking as I write this- I wonder if this tradition of studying the celebration of Christmas in other cultures will help with the Saint Nicholas/Santa thing. Plus, it's always a good way to highlight how people in other parts of the world celebrate Jesus' birth).
Christmas Morning- At the Jesse Tree party I went to a month or so ago, we all shared favorite Christmas traditions. You have probably heard of this one or you may already do this, but I totally want to implement the simple practice of singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus on Christmas morning. Reed LOVES singing happy birthday and will get a big kick out of it. I think it is such a simple and straightforward way to set the tone for giving gifts; we give in celebration of God's greatest gift, his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Some years we might make a birthday cake together, but for now we still travel on Christmas Day so our birthday party will probably be over breakfast, with candles in our cinnamon rolls that morning. :)
I think that's the round up so far this year... Any new or favorite ways you are celebrating the season?