Holiday favorites (redux)

[Editor’s Note: As I packed away the Christmas Cookies my kids decorated this week, it reminded me of a post I ran last year. I thought I’d share it again.

OK, I have a lot of holiday prep I’m behind on. So I don’t have time to write another post this morning!

But the sentiment still rings true. I’d love to hear from some of you on favorite holiday traditions. Especially, if you have any tips related to celebrating in/around Southborough!]

I’m a sucker for Christmas celebrations.

When my daughter was a toddler, I started a Christmas Countdown calendar with special activities and I crafts planned for each day.

I’m no over achiever. It started when their naptimes left me with a lot of time on my hands. (And it was more fun than doing laundry.)

As all our lives get busier, it’s hard to fit in. But each year, she clamours for a new one. And it’s so worth the effort to see the excitement on their faces each morning.

It helps make Christmas about more than one day. Activities include many that focus on giving to others, so that’s a nice lesson as well.

Some of our favorites:

  • Getting the cousins together to make Christmas cookies (which don’t end up looking anything like the ones pictured above!)
  • Decorating the tree while listening to carols
  • Making handmade ornaments and gifts

(Given the head-slapping response by my son to reading Wednesday’s activity, card making isn’t always a hit.)

As I work on finalizing next week’s plans, I’m wondering – what are some of your favorite activities this time of year?

Do you have some great family traditions to share?

Or maybe you discovered some new joy this winter?

(Image posted to Flickr by Samdogs)

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