Umm…it’s less than 4 weeks until Christmas and I have no plans for gifts and no decorating done. How is it that it took forever for Christmas to arrive as a child, but as an adult it sneaks up on me so quickly? I feel like I completely missed the month of November.
We don’t have many Christmas traditions that I can think of. We usually do some scripture reading along with a countdown calendar, but the method varies every year. We have a nice Christmas dinner, but the menu changes with my mood. Our moving around every couple of years and our distance from family has made our Christmas celebration different each year.One of the few traditions (passed down from my mom and dad) that we have continued is the annual “put up the tree” party. Usually we do it the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but…we’re running late this year. The plan is to have our party this weekend.
The suppose the food is what makes this tradition. I make fruit and veggie trays, cheese and crackers, maybe some homemade pizza rolls, and a few treats. We normally drink water all the time, so we also like to have some fun drinks like sparkling juice and hot chocolate.
(This picture is from a couple of years ago and obviously missing all of the fruit and veggies…but you get the idea.)When I was younger, my parents used to let us drink out of the pretty stemware glasses. My kids can’t be trusted with stemware yet, but it may be a fun addition later.
The best part is watching the kids when we hand them plates and tell them they can eat whatever they want! It’s a 3 year old’s dream come true. They don’t care that it’s veggies—the dip makes it fun and different from the usual carrot sticks at lunch.
Remembering all of the delicious food is making me hungry. I guess that grazing on snacks all day long is a pregnant mom’s dream come true too!
On to the menu planing and shopping list making…we have some decorating to do this weekend!
What Christmas traditions have you all continued from your childhood?