Like every family, Ian and I started a few traditions that we try to keep up every year so the boys have something that they look forward to besides just presents. :) Here are a few of the things we do.
One of the kids favorite Christmas traditions is our advent calendar. Gama and Gampa gave us this precious calendar when Ian and I first married and each door has 2 chocolates and a paper slip with a bit about the story of Christmas and a family activity idea for the evening. Some of the activities are as simple as bundling up and taking a walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights or singing a certain Christmas carol. It is just a fun way to get everyone feeling the festive fun of the season.
The boys love to lay out all the ornaments on the table before we start to put them on the tree. This year we ended up just using the top half of our fake tree because the whole thing was too tall for our current ceiling! It was cute though and the boys could reach it well enough to place all their ornaments on the tree themselves.
This is one of our Christmas traditions to start of the season before the tree goes up. The boys dip their hands in red paint and make their mark on the tree skirt. This was Talia's first year to have her hand print on the skirt. It was a bit tricky getting her hand placement right and so it kinda looks like a big blob, but that's okay. At least her little palm completes the year!
Daddy put the Christmas lights up outside. This is how they were put away last year (I am assuming by my 4 and 5 year old!) and after an hour of working at this mess Ian decided to just go out an by some new lights for the house. :)
Talia didn't get into the decorating so much, but she sure is getting to be more awake and aware of her surroundings. Here are a few pics of her during our holiday preparation time.
Knocked out on daddy and mommy's big bed...