For us the holiday season starts the first weekend in November. Yes, I realize that’s early, but this is our favourite time of year and we like to soak as much joy out of it as possible! So the first Sunday in November you can find us gathered at my parent’s house for our official kickoff to the season; eating, decorating the trees and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
We always spend a day baking all sorts of awesome holiday favourites. The kids are in charge of decorating. I’m pretty sure they’re all calorie-free ;)
A few other things we look forward to this time of year…the big Verspeeten family dinner in Delhi preceded by an epic game of mini sticks with the cousins, Chinese food and an evening with my husband’s side of the family, and of course renting the ice at a local arena with some friends for an afternoon of hockey.
Our neighbourhood always has a great Christmas party. This year it involved ugly Christmas sweaters, dancing and some crazy tree antics.
The last 4 years my sister and I have begun a tradition of pulling the kids out of school a week or so before Christmas to go to Great Wolf Lodge for a couple of days. This has become one of the kids most anticipated events of the year, and Linds and I love it just as much.
Christmas Eve is spent with my family; having dinner, taking a late evening walk through the snow, drinking hot chocolate and always a Christmas movie, usually It's a Wonderful Life.
None of our traditions involve big extravagant shopping trips. I’ve always tried to teach my kids that Christmas isn’t about material things but about spending time with the people we love, laughing and enjoying time together. I want them to be kind to others, not just during the holidays but this time of year is a good reminder of how truly blessed we are.
What are your favourite things about the season? I’d love to hear. Post your stories or pictures in the comments.
From our family to yours, wishing you the merriest Christmas!