Christmas has come and gone in a blur of magic this year.
For the past couple of years I have spoken about knitting 24 tiny socks with a different advent activity in each one for the children to do each day. Last year I actually bought the wool. Though I did not begin knitting until September. I tried a few different patterns and came up with a mish mash pattern that I liked.
By the start of December I did not have 24. And a part of me wondered if I should just start it next year, but I decided to carry on knitting and start with what I had, even if it was imperfect. And so I did.
And so we began. By writing Santa letters and putting up the Christmas tree and making Christmas wreaths.
Making wrapping paper…
Making more tree decorations…
And eventually all the socks were complete (though I am unhappy with some of the early ones and the patterns I used so they will be replaced by next year!).
Also underneath is our new birthday countdown calendar that I made from this tutorial. My beloved’s birthday is a week before Christmas and I wanted to do something different to make it not swallowed up by the rest of our Christmas preparations. Also, putting the birthday countdown calendar up before each of our birthday’s will be a fun new family tradition I hope. I generally only allow peppermint candy canes into the house, because all the others don’t seem Christmas-sy enough. But for the birthday countdown calendar I got him fruit candy canes because he likes them and made comment a few times about my candy cane policy (I may or may not be completely obsessive compulsive in some of my Christmas ideas!! :)).
They had photos with Santa:
Saw giant gingerbread houses:
Making gingerbread men and biscuits…
And making and decorating a gingerbread house…
Not all of the activities came off how I saw them in my head, and some we won’t need to repeat, but there were some that were favourites and will make a reappearance. This was the best Christmas I can remember. It acted like a to-do list, and while I always intend to do a tonne of activities sometimes they get swept up in all the other end of year activities. And because I had made activities like writing Christmas cards an early activity there was much less last minute stress than normal.
Also I scheduled in some easy activities such as magic Christmas hot chocolates (AKA hot chocolates with a candy cane) and listening to carols, or watching a Christmas movie, and there were some days I was not up to the activity I had scheduled (or other plans came up that I had forgotten about!) so I did some swapping around. But overall, despite the teasing of my beloved, I think this may have been the best thing I have ever done for Christmas. I already have had some ideas for Christmas activities next year that I have begun noting down.
And I love that this made Christmas about so much more than just getting or receiving gifts. I have ALWAYS loved the magic of Christmas. And this really reaffirmed the magic for my little family. And the mini socks were so happy making for me, just looking at them brought a smile to my face (once they were actually done!!!!!).
I hope all of you had a magical love-filled Christmas as well. My thoughts were with you all, even if no blog posts got written. I had good intentions but a lot of my energy got diverted to the Christmas experience!! haha
Though I did still art journal. So I have some pages to show as well, but this post is long enough as it is!!