We love the Christmas season at our house. However, it also tends to be very busy, even to the point of being hectic at times. I sometimes harken back to the days before we had 3 kids and I had time to decorate, host a party, and breathe. However, I also *love* this season with children and know that in a few years I will miss all the craziness, late nights, and exhaustion of it all.
This year, like most others, we had a host of events and activities that filled our Advent season. As we’ve done every year since Musette was born, we began our celebrations with the Family Advent Festival at church. This family-oriented celebration is a time where we get together with our church family to do some crafts, listen to the kids sing, and enjoy a yummy potluck dinner.
As a Wolf Cub, Danger Boy has a couple of holiday-oriented activities with his scout den. One that we’ve participated in a couple times now is Scouting for Food where the scouts walk house-to-house in an assigned local neighborhood and collect food for the Oregon Food Bank. It is fun for the boys, but also helps them to understand how important it is to help others.
G.E.A.R.S. goes to the greatest preschool *ever* and this year they had a cute Christmas program where they sang songs wearing cute costumes. Always fun to hear 4 & 5 years olds singing Christmas songs!
Of course, one of the biggest events during this season is Musette’s multiple performances in her dance studio’s version of the Nutcracker. After several years in the role of soldier, Musette danced the role of a gingerbread chef or “chefette” this year. This coveted role is unique because the girls are not only the only guest dancers to be onstage during the 2nd act, they also go out and serve cookies to the attendees after the performance – still in costume! [Musette is considered a "guest" dancer because she is not yet in "company" - the pre-professional group of dancers who dance the featured roles.] As always, all 6 shows got rave reviews from the sold-out crowds.
In addition to these activities, we also find time each December to go get a fresh-cut tree. We try to put up a few decorations, and of course there is our tradition of Christmas Eve services at the church. We go as a family to the 5 p.m. service and then to grandma and grandad’s house for dinner, dessert, and one gift – Christmas PJs. Grandma also has a stuffed stocking for each child.
Finally, on Christmas morning, we get up (not TOO early) and go downstairs to see what Santa has left. No one is allowed to go alone – we ALL go together.
Next up, coffee for mom and dad while everyone opens stockings.
Finally, after eating breakfast, we open gifts.
We love our Christmas traditions and the craziness of it all. We also love the quieter days AFTER Christmas when we can sleep in (well, if 7:30 is sleeping in), watch movies, play with new things, and just enjoy being together.
Merry Christmas to all!