We generally have a busy schedule of events to celebrate Christmas with our family. Christmas Eve with the in-laws, Christmas Day with our little family, then lunch with my grandma and side of the family, then an after lunch with my mom & step mom, then dinner with one of my hubby's family.. then day after Christmas is shopping and then typically dinner at the other part of hubby's family. Very busy, but love it.
My family is coming into town! :)
I'm really excited for this Christmas! My in laws will be coming down Christmas Eve and staying through Christmas Day. On Christmas Day we will all go over to my parents house to see my family! My daughter is going to have the best time with all of her family in one place on Christmas!!
We plan on visiting my husbands grandmother's and then on to my aunt's for christmas dinner. Each relatives lives about 30 minutes from where we live and will probably stay around 2-3 hours at each place and come back home and chill.
Our year to travel home to Alabama for Christmas. First road trip with a toddler, so should be quite interesting! Not to mention that grandma's house in not toddler friendly lol. Overwhelmingly busy trying to visit with everyone, but wouldn't have it any other way.
We don't live near extended family and no one is coming to visit (sniff, sniff - it's sad!) BUT we will do our best to have a fun holiday with our kids and I'm sure it will be just fine. We'll end up Skyping with everyone throughout the day and eating lots of fun food (and candy!).
Our Christmas activities, festivities, parties, and traditions are already beginning but our favorite this year is the Jesse Tree Advent. This is our second year and the kids love it even more than last year! Great way to remember what Christmas is REALLY about!
Celebrating starts the day after Thanksgiving. My 5yr old granddaughter has been my little helping elf this year. We love decorating the house inside and out. We went to the local tree farm and picked fresh Christmas trees. The whole family helped to decorate all 3 trees. Each box is a treasure to unwrap again. The Little Tikes playhouse is now a Gingerbread house in the garden with the wooden toy soldiers. Loretta Lynn's Country Christmas is blasting on the CD player while we bake cookies and dance around the kitchen. Attending Christkindl Markets, Victorian Christmas Parades, Breakfast with the Grinch, Singing Carols and preparing for the birth of Jesus with joy, love, and great anticipation of the miracle of Christmas, that's how we celebrate the holidays. ~ Terry Stahley
I will be baking away for family and decorating blankets I have made for my family. Then make tamales with family christmas eve.
We always attend our Church's Christmas Eve service and then we have a quiet Christmas morning at home. In the afternoon we go to my in-laws for a day of fun, food, family and gifts!
My mom will be flying in from Florida next Friday & that is when our "Holiday" officially begins. We will have tons of shopping to do, tons of wrapping to do and lots of cooking & baking up to Christmas Day when we will drive 2 hrs & join my siblings for Christmas Dinner at my brother's house. It's a house full of ecstatic kids , giddy adults, somewhat chaotic & super loud, but wouldn't trade it for the world. And the fact my 3 year old is getting more & more anxious for Santa is making this so much more fun. It's bringing out the kid in me & we love to watch Christmas movies together.
We actually haven't solidified plans yet - but will probably be hosting closest family members at our house.