Let's get back to the good stuff...Advent is like, tomorrow. Well, not really tomorrow, but two weeks right? I am freaking out excited.
We LOVE the season of Advent, we love the Joy that defines Christmas, and we love making memories and traditions with our little people. I wrote last year about some of the things we do during this season, but Imma refresh your memory. We don't exactly play by all the Liturgical Rules and we embrace the heck out of the secular (but try to point it towards the Holy)... Maybe this will spark some ideas for your family.
It all begins this Friday. The ol' husband hasn't totally agreed to it yet, but I plan on taking the kids to Campus Martius in Detroit for the annual tree lighting. If you are local and haven't gone to Campus Martius during the Advent/Christmas season, you are making a HUGE mistake. A massive Christmas tree, Christmas music, all the lights, an outdoor skating arena, concerts, contests, street performers... the list goes on and on with the awesome. The tree lighting is a bit nuts, because of the crowds and our amount of little people, but to me it's 'hashtag worth it'
For Thanksgiving lots o' family comes in. My sister, Theresa, made it a tradition to stay at our house with her four little people. The cousins have four days of insane play, my sister and I get to drink coffee in the morning, so relaxing, so lovely. We finished our basement a few years ago, it makes it really easy to host people in our little house. I'm pumped.
You know how the day before Thanksgiving is the biggest bar night of the year? I love to go out the day before Thanksgiving, but I'm getting older, we have kids, and it was starting to become more of a pain than a joy... UNTIL, our dear friend suggested we go out in the AFTERNOON!!! Best.Plan. Ever. Drink specials, empty bars, lots of fun with friends, and home by six, in order to get a good night's sleep in to rest off our fun ;) It's gonna be one of my favorite traditions I am sure.
|Does this not look like the most fun ever?!?!|
FOR SOME HOLY...
Beginning the first Sunday of Advent, we pull out our Advent Candles and Jesse Tree. Each night we put on a different Jesse Tree ornament (from a set my awesome sister made us), light the Advent candle in complete darkness (the boys love turning off the lights), do our prayers and sing "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". The kids look forward to this every night during Advent. It really builds the anticipation of the season.***
We also celebrate St. Nicholas day in our house. The kids leave out their shoes. This is perhaps the only part of the holidays that I am too tempted to go 'over the top' with. My plan is to scale it down this year. Candy in shoes, maybe a book, or a small token... the last few years I just can't seem to help myself.
For the last three years, we have celebrated with our friends during Christmas in what I title our 'FRAMILY Christmas party'. The holiday season is so busy, we barely have time to get together, you know? I love this gathering with our friends who are like family, because it gives us a time to make sure we touch base. Everybody brings a dish to pass, we do a small $10 white elephant gift exchange, and the last couple years, we've done one gift per kid. It's a really fun times, the kids play, the adults socialize (and drink delicious things like champagne punch), and we make memories together. I always leave this night with my heart feeling so full.
|Most of the crew|
HOW EXCITING IS THIS TIME OF YEAR?!?!?!
***If you've never thought about having a photographer swing by your house and capture you setting up Christmas, I HIGHLY suggest it. I know a guy too! For a couple hundred bucks, you can have the most precious moments caught on camera. These are some of my very favorite pictures ever taken of our family! Treat Yo-self