It’s only December 1st and we put our tree up today! I saw this adorable graphic showcasing some of the fun activities to do this time of year. I won’t be checking off every item on this, but I thought it was a great way to slow down and remember some ways to ENJOY and HAVE FUN instead of being all crazy stressed out.
The kids and I have been dancing and singing to Christmas songs for a few days now! Usually after their cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows! At 4 & 6, they are seriously at the best ages for getting into the spirit and magic of Christmas. We host a cookie party every year, so that will be coming up soon! Let me know if you’d like some cookie recipes on the blog.
We won’t be seeing the Rockettes this year, but I do want to take the kids some day. I have never seen It’s a Wonderful Life—how terrible is that?? I’m currently relaxing by the fire while typing this little post. I just saw that leave cookies for Santa is on there twice—I would probably add/change that we always leave carrots for the reindeer…and they always leave a mess! The kids still talk about it.
We also love our Elf on the Shelf Buddy, and I enjoy being creative with that. (Set your alarm on your phone “Move the E” or code words if your kid can read!) We also love to read holiday books and I make really big efforts to keep the TV off, music on and let the kids just be. I don’t them to get stressed any more than the daily demands that are already placed on them.
I teared up at dinner last night because it’s all just going by so fast. It does not seem like 7 years ago I was anxiously awaiting my first born, with a big ole’ pregnant belly and super sore hips. The babies have turned into toddlers, and preschoolers. We have an almost second grader and almost Kindergartener. I still can’t let that sink in…
Life is so beautiful, just be sure to press pause and simmer in the sweet spaces in between ‘being busy.’
These memories will mean so much, to all of us. Enjoy making them!