Some that we've started in our li'l family are...
Advent wreath & candles at dinner- yes, you've all heard enough about that. I will confess that our wreath is an evergreen wreath from Michael's, wrapped with some clearance Christmas ribbon from Hobby Lobby (I think). The candles are all left-overs, and the chalice in the middle was a gift from one of my students my first year of teaching. Each year I pop in a new tea-light and it becomes our Christ candle. Simple, frugal, pretty, and it works! As Eowyn gets older I hope to add in an Advent devotional or story book (like Gaarder's The Christmas Mystery).
2. Jesse Tree at breakfast. Once again, enough said.
|Szrama Family 2011 ornaments|
5. Kids' ornaments- as my mom did for us, we are starting ornament collections for our kids. We pick one each year -- this year, Eowyn actually picked her own; a Queen Katherine bought in Westminster Abbey, London.
6. Christmas Eve gift bags-- on Christmas Eve, our children get to open 2 gifts, which are the same type every year: a book relating to the past year in some way, and a new pair of Christmas jammies, home-made by Mommy (so far out of upcycled material). I made 2 drawstring bags (one large, one small) out of the same fabric as the top of Eowyn's Christmas stocking, so that each year, she'll know easily which presents are hers to open Christmas Eve (cuts down on packaging waste too!). I look forward to making bags & stockings in different fabrics for each child God gives us!
|Eowyn's ornament from 2011: England's Queen Katherine|
8. Basket of Christmas toys & books-- so far we have only a few, but Eowyn loves them! My favorite is a finger-puppet felt Nativity set my mom found for me while I was still teaching. It's just perfect for little hands!
9. Christmas memories book-- this was a wedding gift from Ryan's grandparents (I think, right?), with spaces to record traditions, events, menus, gathering places, memorable gifts, and more each holiday. I love that we have this record, especially since I'll probably forget which ornament was for which year, or which kid gave Grandma that... it's already fun to go back and read about our past Christmases together!
Ok those are ours: what are yours?
|Our Christmas Memories book, under the tree|