I'll never be a dependable blogger - sometimes it just doesn't fit in my life. So you'll just have to bear with me on the random posts and unannounced breaks.
Henry and I really enjoyed our Advent Calendar and all the activities last year, so I think it will always be one of our traditions. The activities will change from year to year as I figure out what some favorites are and what isn't that enjoyable. And while I think something like this would be fun for every family, some of our activities may be "way over the top" for others. But I have the time and the enjoyment for baking and crafting.
One thing I learned last year was to be flexible. If Henry wasn't in the mood to do something, trying to convince him it would be fun was never successful. And that defeats the reason I wanted to do this - to make this a season of fun and serving others so it doesn't become a season wrapped around one day of presents.
On to the calendar. Here is this year's version:
Day 1: Put up the Christmas Tree and Decorate:
It may not have been my best decision, but I agreed and even thought, "Hey, I have a bag of cranberries still setting in the fridge. And I'm stubborn enough to finish what I started even though I keep wondering why I'm doing it. So we have cranberry and popcorn garlands on our tree. For about the only time in my life.
Day 2: Make Candy Cane Reindeer for Great-Grandparents
He only wanted to be in charge of the glue, which was fine. I just had to remind myself it was better if I didn't watch.
Day 3: Decorate Wrapping Paper with Finger Paint.
This hasn't happened, maybe in part because I don't want paint all over clothes and he refuses to wear one of Doug's old shirts. Oh well.
Not sure if I'll try to update daily, otherwise I'll have a weekly summary next Saturday.
Do you have any special Christmas traditions?