Another way?? Make Christmas traditions. We have some traditions that we do every year and some that we try and see if they "stick". This year I bought these stars with names of Christ on them. There are 12 and you read a corresponding scripture with each one. I love this tradition and plan to do it again next year. A great thing to do for the 12 days before Christmas to keep the focus on Christ.
Another Christmas tradition is unwrapping a children's christmas story every day the month of December. Mental note to self: A printed out list of who is which day will help mom and dad want to continue this tradition.
This is Ella's favorite book that we sang a bizillion times this season...
And what would the Christmas season be without a Xmas concert...
And gingerbread houses...
and LOTS of snow and cold weather...
One child, remaining nameless, seems to think that wearing baseball socks and shorts equals PANTS.
What would the season be without a holiday ELF...
our annual Xmas eve visit to Tucanos
(not sure if Miles was more excited for this or Xmas itself)
Or multiple visits from the tooth fairy???
Or a visit from a favorite cousin...
We also draw names of siblings out of a hat, and the kids purchase for each other. We let them open them Xmas eve. Everyone did a great job of picking a gift that would be loved by their sibling.
Miles got a football and lucky charms
Quincy got headphones
Porter got coloring gear
Ella got bottles to feed her "friends".
LEAVING OUT THE STOCKINGS:
(in their new Xmas Jammies)
And as always, we enjoyed watching the kids open their gifts and didn't get very many pictures of that!
Ella was enthralled by it all. Everyone was excited and grateful!