It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Last year was a tough year for our family's Christmas traditions because we traveled so much. We went to Michigan for Thanksgiving, Denver in early December, and Florida for Christmas. I wouldn't trade the memories made on those trips for a million family traditions (that Thanksgiving was the last time we got to see my Grandma before she passed away, we had a wonderful fondue dinner with my sister and my dad who has Alzheimer's, and we went to Florida for my brother-in-law's wedding). Nevertheless, it made for a very chaotic season, and we didn't even get a Christmas tree. So this year, although life is still busy, I'm enjoying decorating the house and planning all the little traditions our family enjoys. I thought it would be fun to share some of those here.
Christmas Tradition #1: Wrapping the Gifts
I could never have been one of those professional gift wrappers at the department store (do they still have those?). My seams never line up, my ends are haphazard, and I can't tie the perfect bow. Still, that doesn't mean I can't be creative. One year I waited until the last minute to wrap the kids' gifts and realized Christmas Eve (or more likely it was already Christmas Day) that I was out of gift tags. At first, I figured I would just make labels out of the wrapping paper itself, but then I had a better idea.
I wrapped each child's gifts in one pattern of paper. Then I made a card for each child that said they needed to find the gifts with the matching paper. This was so much more fun than Marc and I simply distributing gifts to the appropriate kid -- it turned into a game. A tradition was born!
These pictures are from two Christmases ago.
This next picture is from last year when we brought all our gifts down to Florida. I didn't have time to make the cards before we left, so I just made some quick freehand monogram cards the night before. I made all the pom-poms one afternoon while the kids played in the pool.
I haven't yet had a chance to wrap this year's gifts, but looking at these pictures makes me ready to break out the scissors and tape.