Advent starts here - Christmas traditions await!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

It's advent time!

I love the run-up to Christmas. The long, grey, drizzly December days seem so much more bearable when you know something exciting is coming up. Plus the decorations come out, so no matter how dusty or dirty your house is, you can just switch off the main light and enjoy the gentle glow of fairy lights. Ahhh.

Traditionally we light a candle every dinner time throughout December - the idea is that we say a slightly longer/more thought out 'grace' prayer than usual, although with a hangry toddler this sometimes doesn't go to plan. Also at some point in December we try to:

  • Go on an evening walk to look at Christmas lights
  • Make paper chains
  • Make gingerbread men
  • Make Christmas cards

And there is the obligatory viewing of Home Alone/Love Actually/Miracle on 34th Street/National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation/A Christmas Story whilst wrapping presents in the evenings ...

It's actually pretty important to establish family traditions, whatever they might look like. They are an important, identity-forming part of childhood. I mean, I remember our childhood Christmas traditions as clear as day - and it is humbling and quite exciting to know that we are forming those early memories for our kids. Plus, it's nice to enjoy the excitement of Christmas without the main feature being a huge pile of toys under the tree.

(I'm not going to lie though - I was always very excited about the toys).

My blog is going to be fairly quiet over December due to the new baby, but there are a few posts coming up. Also, throughout December, if you follow me on Facebook, you will find a series of children's Christmas book reviews for the first week of December - so if you need an excuse to go book shopping, this is it!

I'll be posting every day in December on my Facebook page with some craft/food gift ideas too, as well as some great blog posts by other bloggers. So get in the spirit and follow me there!

Also I've got a pretty good advent board on Pinterest going on. Check it out here.

In the meantime: what do you do for advent? Do you have any traditions that you have to follow every year? Let me know in the comments, I love Christmas chat!

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  1. My Christmas starts week before but I like your idea! Traditions is really important

  2. I really believe it is the family traditions that make Christmas! We had a battered old merry go round that came out every year when I was little, my mum was going to throw it away but my brother rescued it and I'm so glad he did. I will be watching Love Actually too! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  3. I'm a sucker for traditions!

    We collect our greenery the day after the Winter Solstice Meg. BTW, after your gaming post I've bought Avengers Monopoly and Pointless - looking forward to my family being together! For once, because Christmas Eve falls on Saturday we will all be together for the WHOLE DAY :) I'm blessed I get to be with them.

    I've liked your FB page and following you on Pinterest.

  4. It's so nice to have specific family traditions isn't it! Enjoy! Thanks for linking to #sharewithme


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