My Favorite Thing about Christmas...

It's November 25th. The day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday. A day of many names.

It's the day I realize I have to start thinking seriously about Christmas.

Not about what I want for Christmas, but about what we're going to make and give to others for Christmas.

I've always loved Christmas. When I was a little girl I covered my parent's house in paper chains, and popcorn chains, and cranberry chains, icicles made out of beads, and reindeer made out of clothes pins. I taped paper snowflakes to every window in our house and most of the walls. I hung up every Christmas card we received. I loved making gifts and cards. I loved the excuse to bake cookies and drink hot chocolate. The year we cut down our own Christmas tree and drank hot spiced apple cider at the Christmas tree farm...I'll never forget it.

Still, no matter how much I love Christmas, I never manage to get started before Thanksgiving. I think trying to fit all the crafting and gift making into one month makes it all that more exciting.

This year is going to be amazing. It's going to be the best yet. Why?

Because I have a two year to help me paint hand print reindeer and frost cookies. She's old enough to be an active participant in Christmas this year.

This means the first thing on my list is to fill our advent calendar with projects and activities.

I can hardly wait to start making our own family traditions.

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