Are you ready? It’s the same post I write every December, with pictures of the exact same Christmas decorations I’ve been using since 2006! Can you contain your excitement? Let’s do this!
This has been a really fun holiday season so far, and we’re only halfway there. Also, I’m exhausted. Holidays with kids are so much fun, but my intense Fear Of Missing Out also find me dragging my family to every holiday activity under the sun. WE WILL DO IT ALLLLL!!
We got a late start this year, since we didn’t get home from Thanksgiving til December 1st. And yes, I just called December 1st a late start. You can be sure I was having a panic attack watching all the Instagram photos going up with twinkle lights and decorated trees, when I was still on the other side of the country. Upon our return, we were sleep deprived from the time change, drowning in laundry and luggage, and had zero food in the fridge upon our return, but you KNOW I got those Christmas boxes out and started decorating ASAP.
And it was all more than worth it because now our house is overflowing with holiday cheer, and it makes me happy every time I walk in the front door. Hi Huey dog!
The kids were really excited to help decorate this year, which made it more fun (and subsequently more challenging – holy broken ornaments).
The advent calendar is definitely the hit of the holiday, and Cullen races down the steps each morning to find out our daily activity. In related news, twenty five activities is exhausting!
I tried to do a mix of holiday activities I knew we were doing already, mixed in with some low key things, along with really fun events. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
- December 3 – finally hung the advent calendar!
- December 4 – get our Christmas tree!
- December 5 – bake Christmas cookies with mom
- December 6 – go to the Elves & the Toymaker play!
- December 7 – drink hot chocolate
- December 8 – read a new Christmas book
- December 9 – watch a Christmas movie
- December 10 – make gingerbread houses
- December 11 – go to Snowflake Lane!
- December 12 – visit Santa and get picture taken!
- December 13 – decorate holiday cookies at a friend’s house!
- December 14 – go to Zoolights! (rescheduled because mom has strep throat)
There is still a lot more fun ahead, and I love seeing the boys’ excitement as the season continues. Cullen helped me do our staircase garland this year – I love how into it he is!
And of course, the tree itself was a BIG DEAL when it arrived. If it were up to me, we’d have a tree covered in twinkle lights in the corner all year long. Cannot get enough!
I think this year’s tree is a real beauty!
The holiday pillows also make me really happy. So fun to mix it up with small changes for a month or two. I went with more of a silver and gold theme so that these could stay out for a few weeks into January.
A fun new addition this year was a mini tree for the kids in their playroom. It was $20 at Target and I couldn’t help myself. My mom makes them a new felt ornament each year, so they both hung theirs here – Cullen has Buddy from Dinosaur Train, and Graham has a tool set. Adorable! They also hung a painted birdhouse and their participation ribbons from gymnastics class. Looking festive!
The playroom also has some snowflake pillows, because I apparently I can’t walk out of Target without spending at least $100.
This little bear is super creepy, but it was a gift from the boys’ great grandmother, and they both love it.
And no Christmas season is complete without a visit to Santa. Check out how tiny they looked last year!!
I was particularly concerned about going this year, because Graham is TERRIFIED of anything in a costume. He literally recoils when any character comes near. I knew Santa would be a struggle. We talked it up BIG time, but as soon as we walked in the door he started waving and trying to back out of the room. I picked him up and slowly walked forward, and he started screaming. The wonderful employee there jumped in with a stuffed monkey to distract him, and I bribed hard with candy canes.
He very cautiously made his way to Santa’s lap, and then suddenly warmed up. He chatted him up and told him all about the orange scooter he hopes to get on Christmas morning. And Cullen, god love him, sat there sweetly and asked for the only thing he’s hoping to get this Christmas – a green pencil. These little boys just kill me.
This coming weekend we are riding the Santa Train out in the Snoqualmie area, and we’re hoping to visit the reindeer at Swanson’s Nursery. My mom arrives next week and then Christmas is around the corner. I hope your holiday seasons are off to a good start (or were wonderful, if you just wrapped up Chanukah celebrations!).
Happy Wednesday! Graham and I are off to the doctor to get this strep throat under control, and then our week will be MUCH better.