I am so excited for the month of December. It’s only day three and we have already had lots of fun! We are starting some new traditions this year along with some old ones. Lydia is now at such a fun age for Christmas and Everett is happy doing whatever so its going to make for a very fun Holiday season!
Many have asked if we will be doing Santa and our answer is “yes”! Both Brett and I grew up doing Santa and we loved it and it did not affect our trust or confuse us as we grew older. Therefore we are planning to pretend Santa exists and brings presents. We don’t want Lydia and Everett to feel like they missed out on such a fun tradition as they will hear friends in school talk about what fun they had celebrating Santa, etc. However, we are being very careful about not making Christmas all about Santa and the Elf on the Shelf. We are really stressing the true meaning of Christmas. It brings Brett and I so much joy to see Lydia talk about Jesus and tell her friends that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. Santa is just a fun part of celebrating Jesus!
That being said, I wanted to share some of the fun things we have done and plan to do as we count down to such a special day!
The month of December is a very big month for our family. Not only do we have Christmas but we have Brett’s Birthday on the 10th, our Wedding Anniversary on the 23rd, Christmas the 25th and my Birthday January 1st (typically celebrated Dec. 31st). We kicked of the month by having a little date night and doing a little Christmas shopping and on Saturday morning we introduced the kids to two very exciting traditions. Lydia and Everett got to meet “Mr. Elf” and got to start our Advent Calendar!
Brett took the kids out to breakfast so that I could get things set up. Once they got back they were able to see their new bible along with the Elf on the Shelf. We started with reading the book and naming him. Lydia wanted to call him Mr. Elf…real original! Then we introduced our new Advent Calendar and Bible. We will read a bible story every morning along with serving our community in some way. Some days it will only be scripture reading and some days we will be baking something for a neighbor or friend. It may even be doing something that day like lunch with someone special or have a Birthday party for Jesus (a work in progress) etc.
I am so excited about our new Advent Calendar. I have always wanted one from Pottery Barn Kids so we decided to take advantage of Brett’s discount and splurge on it before he stopped working at West Elm. We decided it was worth the money since it’s something we will use for years to come!
Lydia and Everett loved meeting Mr. Elf.
Mr. Elf was found hanging out in Lydia’s stocking!
Mr. Elf decided to take a bubble bath in a bowl full of marshmallows. Lydia found this hilarious!
As mentioned before we are very excited about the season and we are so thankful for God sending our Savior. Who knows where we’d be today if He didn’t love us unconditionally.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6