Each year that my kids get older, Christmas becomes a little more exciting—for them, certainly. But maybe even more so for me. It’s so much fun to see them “get” Christmas more and more—both the significance of Jesus coming as a tiny baby destined to save the world and also just the pure, unadulterated joy that is tree-trimming and gingerbread houses, gift-wrapping and Salvation Army bell-ringer donating, decorating sugar cookies and reading Luke 2 on Christmas morning.
But since we’re a young family, we’re still figuring out what traditions work best for us.
I think we’ve got one nailed down, though, and that is a special Christmas breakfast.
This will be the 3rd year in a row (I blogged about it our first year) that we set a festive table and load it up with special treats like fancy fruit salad and homemade pigs in a blanket (not so fancy, but yummy for sure).
Shaun was gone all last week on a work trip, which means I can hardly tell you what happened on any particular day, other than keeping us all alive, fed, and marginally in our right minds. Of course, some of the craziness was for an especially good “cause” since I was getting ready to join Shaun in Riverside, California (do you remember our last trip there?) for the weekend.
I knew that by the time I got back (I get home this afternoon), the frenzy of preparations and recovering from my whirlwind weekend vacation (I’m guessing I’m not the only one who needs a nap after my vacations?) would make these last 10 days before Christmas zoom by.
So the day before I left for California, while the boys were at school and the girls were napping, I went ahead and decorated for our special breakfast (which will happen sometime before Christmas morning because, well, ain’t nobody got time for leisurely breakfasts when there are presents to be ripped open).
(Remember the plate wall?)
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, then you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been getting my Christmas craft on.
I made this fun advent countdown banner (tutorial coming soon!)
I also stole my bathroom fabric art and Christmas-if-ied it a bit.
(I really do want to have a merry heart, instead of a Scroogey, stressed out one, for Christmas).
I also took my spray-painted “twigmas” tree from last year and hung it with some old ornaments and some new (the colorful ones are from a jumbo pack I bought at Sam’s Club).
I wrapped the jar in burlap and then hot glued leftover stencil letters to add a little “joy.”
I piled more of the colorful ornaments into the center of my Target wooden rosette wreath (from two years ago, but I think they still have it in stores) for an easy centerpiece.
Of everything on the table, though, my favorites are definitely these quirky reindeer plates that I scored at Goodwill.
And, of course, Rudolph.
We don’t do Santa at our house even a little bit, but these plates were just too happy to pass up. I’m excited for my kids to see them (although, I’m a little afraid that a squabble may break out over who gets “the astronaut one”).
And this one?
This one just made me laugh.
I’m really looking forward to a) seeing my munchkins’ sweet faces this afternoon (the weekend was amazing, and I will tell you about it soon) and b) seeing their reactions to the breakfast nook Christmas makeover.
So, what about you guys? What are your favorite Christmas traditions? We didn’t make gingerbread houses last year, but I think we’re going to try to this year. I love them!
At what age did your kids start “getting” Christmas? Della just turned three, and she had fun last year, but she’s pretty much full-on giddy about all things “Kissmas” and giggles maniacally every time she spots a Christmas tree or a house all lit up with twinkle lights.