I've been so excited that my son is finally old enough to start some Christmas traditions. I bought this cute advent calendar at Target to count down the days until Christmas. It's a wooden house with numbered doors. My son LOVES numbers and he can't wait to open the next numbered door everyday. All day he kept asking, "Can we open number 13 now?" In each door I've put some candy and a little piece of paper with a Christmas activity for that day. Some ideas for activities are: sing a Christmas song, read a book about Jesus' birth, decorate the Christmas tree, drive around and look at Christmas lights, make Christmas cookies for the neighbors, buy a gift for someone in need, read a scripture, make a Christmas card for Grandma and Grandpa, etc.
I bought this advent storybook at Barnes and Noble for $15, but you can also find it on Amazon. Inside are 24 cute, tiny, numbered books that each have a short paragraph about Jesus' birth. There is one book to read for each day in December until Christmas.
Another tradition I'm starting this year is the German tradition of hiding a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree and seeing who can find it first. The person that finds it first gets an extra present. I think I'll do it on Christmas Eve, but it could be done when the family decorates the tree or on Christmas day. The extra present will probably be a family game.
Here's my favorite Christmas tradition that my family did when I was young. At the beginning of December, my parents and all five of us kids drew a name of someone in our family. Then we did secret acts of kindness for that person. For each nice deed, we got to put a piece of hay in Jesus' manger. I can still remember how fun it was!
Please share some of your favorite Christmas traditions!