Family traditions definitely bring families closer together and become precious memories. It has been fun to fuse the traditions of my family with those of my husband's family and then also start some of our own with our little ones. One Christmas tradition I am starting this year with my little ones is an advent calendar. There are so many cute ones out there to buy or make. December crept up on me so I just grabbed one at the Dollar Tree but I think that for next year I will find (or make!!) a cuter one.
Advent Calendars that I LOVE:
1)Pottery Barn Kids makes a cute one each year.
2) Baby Sock Advent Calendar (Easy to make and you can customize it to fit your holiday color scheme!). Compliments of Martha Stewart, of course!
My twist on the advent calendar (which is actually an idea I got from my sister-in-law) is to plan little activities each day rather than have candy. I found this list at The Idea Room which was a great source of activity ideas. I added some of my own, like make gingerbread men ornaments for the tree, play Christmas BINGO, go see a live nativity, and download a new Christmas album from iTunes and listen to it that day. Another local activity that I am excited to do with Thing 1 and Thing 2 is to visit Santa's reindeer and feed them!
For your advent calendar, simply write the that day's activity on a slip of paper and tuck it into the advent calendar before the kids wake up so that they can't peek ahead and see what the future holds! Each activity will be a surprise! How fun is that?!!