This is our big "kick-off Christmas" weekend. If we can get past the crud that the girls seem to be inflicted with, we’ll get the tree tonight and spend the weekend decorating, pulling out the big advent calendar and filling it with treats and activities and just generally making the house festive. But I'm most excited about Sunday, as Audrey and I are getting dressed up and heading to Ft. Worth to see the Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall…I’d love to turn this into a yearly tradition, so hopefully it goes well!
“…i think kids make the holidays more fun, they are really into the experience of things, making cookies, decorating the tree, making things. each thing becomes monumental. if we think back to our own memories it is not the presents we remember but rather the time spent creating or playing.”
Her words were particularly poignant and timely, as I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to make our Christmases more meaningful for the girls and less consumer driven. I'll use them to shake me back to reality every time I make another purchase or plan for the holiday…especially in those times when I say yes to something we really don’t want to do or feel the need to buy “just one more gift” for the girls.
So...Throw me some comments -- What are your favorite holiday tradtions/rituals?