Advent and Christmas traditions

A few weeks ago at my mom’s group meeting at our church, we discussed the advent and Christmas traditions in our families. Many of the moms have children older than Greta, so they have more established traditions. We don’t really have many traditions, especially for Christmas because we are always traveling, and our families celebrate the holidays quite differently. Many of the moms shared some good ideas and so I want to write them down so that maybe next year we can start some.

1. Most people have advent calendars and wreaths. We don’t have a special calendar, but I have found one that I like, but haven’t bought it yet. We also don’t have a wreath even though I have wanted one for years because we have a cat that likes to eat candles. Anyone know of an electric advent wreath?

2. A couple of people slowly prepare for Christmas throughout the advent season by putting the tree up one week, the lights on the tree the next, then ornaments and finally the angel/star on top on Christmas Eve.

3. One mom says that they write a giving list rather than a wishlist. This helps the kids focus more on what they are giving to others rather than on “I want, I want, I want.”

4. One of my favorite ideas was that first thing on Christmas morning, the family reads the Christmas story from the Bible. After that they do breakfast and gifts. Some families also get up and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

5. Many people celebrate St. Nick’s day. Matt’s family has always done this and I hope we can make a bigger deal out of it in the future.

What kind of Advent or Christmas traditions do you have?

6 month addendum

So, I kind of rushed my 6 month post because I wanted to put something up, since it was already 2 weeks late, and silly me, forgot a bunch of things.

First, Greta made it 6 months with no illness! The doctor said most babies get sick 8-10 times a year (although most kids are also in daycare), I just hope she doesn’t get sick a lot now!

Twice this month Greta was told that her legs looked like ham hocks. The first time, we were at the grocery store and some man handing out samples said “that baby has some nice ham hocks for legs,” or something to that effect. Umm…am I supposed to say thanks? The second time was when we were getting on the plane for Thanksgiving. The gate agent said “those legs look like ham hocks.” Later as we were actually giving her our boarding passes she said “There’s the little ham hock.” Seriously people, she is my cute little baby. Yes, her legs are chubby, but that is cute! I’m sure they meant no harm, but still I can’t say that to a large person, can I?

Our little girl is quite curious. She wants to be into everything. If something is in your hand, she wants it in her mouth. While at the Philadelphia airport waiting for our flight to leave, I got a bottle of water. I put it in the diaper bag. Greta kept trying to get something in the diaper bag. I kept handing her toys and things for her to play with, but she would not stop trying to go in the diaper bag. Once I gave her the water bottle, she was happy. I thought babies were supposed to be easily distracted? Not this one!

Lastly, this month Greta started reaching her arms to be picked up. We absolutely love it. It is so sweet!