This is our first Christmas with a kiddo in the house. Okay, so she’ll only be ten months old on Christmas day. Yet, my husband and I are starting to think about the traditions we want to incorporate with our family during the Christmas season.
In the past, we’ve done a theme tree in the living room (hubby’s idea, not mine!). To keep a happy household, we have a second tree downstairs with the Popsicle stick ornaments and mementos that remind me of childhood Christmases. This year, we are doing the “fun” tree in the living room so Haley can enjoy the crazy ornaments she’s already collected—including the “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament she receive last year, before she was born. (That will be confusing to explain someday…thanks, Grandma!)
I make a point, to hubby’s dismay, of collecting Nativity scenes—meaning they cover every flat surface in our house. I’m already plotting the purchase of a Fisher Price Little People Nativity my daughter can plan with. Our Scandinavian heritage is reflected with the Christmas gnomes and dala horses. We’ve been sucked into the Elf on the Shelf, and Rudy now meanders around our house, reporting back to Santa each night.
One tradition we’ve both been looking forward to starting with Haley is the countdown to Christmas with an Advent calendar. As we have looked for the perfect calendar, we’ve seen the Christmas tree you hang over the door, the stand up Reindeer covered in pockets, the Snowman, the Santa. But something about them has never seemed right to me, and I was having trouble explaining my resistance to my husband. Finally, I figured out my hesitation to all the pretty calendars we’d seen. It’s simple. I don’t want Haley to count down to Santa.
I want her to countdown to Jesus.
With this in mind, we’ve found an Advent calendar that keeps the clutter out of Christmas. I can’t wait to make this calendar part of our family tradition for years to come.
What are some of your Christmas traditions? How do you keep the focus on the birth of Jesus during the Christmas season?