I’m in the mood to give y’all a glimpse of how we’re celebrating Christmas around here with a 2, 4, and 6 year old. Do you mind? Great…here we go.
Our new tradition this year is doing the Truth in the Tinsel Advent activity eBook. (affliate link–woot!) The kids adore their daily Christmas craft, and I appreciate something that reminds me to slow down and focus on the kids in an otherwise busy day. Here’s Claire painting a crown ornament that represents Christ’s kingship.
I’m delighted that the crafts are so simply even Seth has been able to be involved. He loves hanging his ornament on the tree each evening.
I’m also loving the maturity of my eldest, allowing us to do some more involved projects together. Here we trimmed the front bushes….
…and turned the trimmings into window wreaths. This is Jesse’s first wreath, people! He made three–I’m so proud.
More truth in the Tinsel crafts..this time they were making a Mary ornament. Can you tell Claire is delighted?
Claire drew Mary’s face herself!
And finally this year, we hung Christmas lights outside. It was sunny that day, so the kids bundled up and went out to help Daddy. Seth saw it as a wonderful opportunity to do some climbing!
Claire says, “I think he’s going to fall, so I am going to stand here to catch him!”
So helpful. Thank you, Claire.
I don’t have pictures yet of the lights actually on, because we still had to find some extension cords….
The other day, during Seth’s nap, I took the eldest outside for some wood crafting. (look! even their playhouse has lights!)
And we made this simple manner (tutorial here) out of some wood scraps. Now Claire can stop asking what a manger is every.single. time. we sing Away in a Manger!
And then Jeremy calls me from washing dinner dishes last night–“bring the camera!” There was a monkey in the manger! The tutorial warned me about how appealing the finished product was for two year olds….
I’m really loving how an advent countdown (anything that has us doing or reading something related to the Christmas story every day) keeps my kids focused on the true meaning of Christmas. I love this conversation between Jesse and Claire the other day….
Jesse: “Three weeks till Christmas!!!”
Claire: “It’s already Christmas!
Jesse: “No, Claire–it’s not Christmas yet!
Claire: “Yes it is! Today is Christmas!
Mommy: “Claire is right, Jess–we’re celebrating Christmas all month!”
I just loved this glimpse into how Claire views Christmas. This whole month is Christmas–the presents on the 25th are only a small part of the celebration in her mind. When you celebrate Christmas every day of December, your getting into a habit of Celebrating Christ every day, which could easily be carried into the New Year, dontcha think?
What do you do for advent? Do share–I’m already collecting ideas for next year!