It’s December 1, which means one of our family’s longest held Christmas traditions is officially resurrected (Or reborn? Wrong holiday).
The Advent Calendar.
A holiday staple my parents began when I was a child, and one we’ve enjoyed passing down to our own children.
Every day in December through Christmas Eve, a special activity is planned to help bring the holiday to life. Each morning it’s etched (OK, it’s really just printed with whatever pen I can find) on a strip of paper and placed behind the little door of our calendar, waiting for the kids to scramble down the stairs revealing the daily surprise.
Sometimes they’re major, like our annual trek to the ISO’s Yuletide Celebration.
Sometimes they’re simple, like a slumber party in mom and dad’s room with hot chocolate and a Christmas movie.
And sometimes they’re selfless, like buying or donating a toy to the Wheeler Women’s & Children’s Shelter (part of our CityCom 12 Days of Christmas I’ll write more about later).
I’m normally not a traditionalist, but there’s something about this time of year that screams for special, repetitive family landmarks. Consistent smells. Consistent sounds. Consistent activities. Intentionality that draws the family together and builds memories our kids can carry with them into their own future adventures.
That’s why I love this time of the year.
What are your holiday traditions?