every year our family has celebrated December with our own spin on the advent calendar...counting down the 25 days until christmas with a small fun gift hidden behind a door or cleverly wrapped for each day.
even now as they are getting older (dare i say teenagers) they still look forward to this tradition.
AND I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
it has been really fun thinking about Christmas in the new house because i can reinvent our look for christmas.
so i decided on a burlap theme
a new 12 ft tree ( our 6 ft tree of 15 years was dwarfed, lol )
a new theme
a new way to advent!
i found this really fun, inexpensive burlap box at Hobby Lobby
and wrapped all 25 gifts in brown kraft paper and using my sewing machine, stitched the ends closed
(brown paper packages sewn up with thread?)
stamped the large numbers (1-25) using my numbers stamps
and tossed them randomly in the box.
they like rifling through them and trying to figure out what they are, but i am way smarter then them, lol!
our tradition for deciding the order for opening the gifts has always been drawing straws...the longest straw goes first and the shortest last.
they all want the longest straw because the first person to open gets the extra present on Christmas day( 25 divided by 3 is 8.1 which means the first child gets 9 gifts and the other 2 only get 8 )
this year mckenna drew the long straw.
like millions of others, we too have an elf on the shelf, his name is Zippy.
he makes his appearance every dec 1 morning.
we decided this year, now that the children are too old to believe in the traditional elf story, that the child who opens the gift has to hide Zippy.
and they have discovered Pinterest, lol!
let the Zippy games begin!
Day 1 - Zippy was found hanging over the pantry threshhold
for our Family, Christmas is about traditions, laughter, shared experiences
as the kids get older, i find myself nastalgically hoping that they will always take the spirit of our traditions with them...
excited to unwrap the silly advent gift
hanging the stockings
fighting over who gets to put the new seasons family ornament on the tree
( which consequently this year we are marshmallows )
and genuinely making it more about the gifts of joy you can give an receive this season than just about waking up Christmas morning to the gifts stacked under the tree.
i always love this time of year and i think its kinda fun to peek into how people celebrate the season
it would be fun to share some of your favorite holiday traditions in the blog comments today
i would love to hear about how you and your families celebrate the season!
for past advent traditions click on the year links below to see some of the variations over the most recent years