It’s officially December!! We had a busy weekend and are getting into the holiday spirit, how about you?
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving I started to get the itch…the Christmas itch. I listened to a few holiday songs on the radio and even watched a Hallmark movie or two (guilty). Typically I reserve Thanksgiving weekend for kicking off all things Christmas…decorations, music, ordering presents, holiday family photo shoot, December 1st gift exchange tradition with my mom, Christmas movies.
Fast forward to this weekend. We are kicking into high gear with our Christmas cheer. Here’s a weekend recap on how we got into the Christmas spirit.
The first day of Christmas marks the beginning of our advent calendar. There are beautiful pre-made ones like this one that you can buy, filling it with little surprises for the kids. While I love this idea, it doesn’t fit into my busy schedule for the time being. I bought the $1 chocolate advent calendar at the store which will do just fine. Additionally we did a simple DIY craft to create a countdown to Christmas. It was a tradition from when I grew up. Cut 12 green and 12 red long thin pieces of construction paper. Tape or glue them together, creating a chain. Each day remove one chain link. It’s a great visual for younger kids, and something exciting to look forward to each day. Siblings can opt to create their own or share the task each day.
Cutting Our Christmas Tree
My husband is known for taking forever to pick the PERFECT tree. Carrying around a baby this year, my fingers were crossed that we would be speedy. Our yearly tradition includes getting together with friends to suit up in our winter coats and seek the best tree we can find at a local tree farm. The tree farm sometimes changes from year to year. Our first stop today was a local farm that was picked over; we found out that many tree farms in Connecticut has a bad year, and even closed early due to having no more trees. On a whim tradition changed and we decided to stop by Beaumont Farm for pre-cut trees. The process was a little different than normal but kinda nice to walk less, cheaper trees, and they even put it in your car for you. I definitely recommend Beaumonts for Connecticut folks in the Wallingford area, especially since many of the tree farms have had shut down days. Following our tradition we ended our tree search with a meal shared with friends.
I’m super excited that my son is getting old enough to enjoy the concept of holiday movies. While Hallmark movies have been playing at our house since pre-Thanksgiving (only like 2, I swear), this weekend kick started family movie night. Friday’s feature film was The Polar Express. Each year I ensure we watch the movie before riding our own local train to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Stay tuned to hear all about it. We go this week! Tickets for this thing is worse than trying to get concert tickets. Back to the movie…in our PJs we felt the Christmas spirit come alive and it’s even better watching it through my son’s eyes. And of course there was popcorn.
The inside of the house was decorated Thanksgiving weekend, minus the Christmas tree. Now the outside is just as festive. Our decorations include garland and trees (not Christmas trees) with lights on the front porch and light up deer, a snowman, and gifts. Our new addition this year is something my husband has always wanted. We have a projector in the window. Santa is dancing in our window as we speak. Do you prefer white light decorations or multicolored lights?
Viewing Christmas Lights
On our way home from tree hunting we stopped for a drive through Hubbard Park. They have a free drive through light display throughout their park. This is our third time there this season, my son loves stoping on the way home from Mema and Granddad’s house. What’s your favorite spot for viewing Christmas lights?
We have more traditions to come this holiday season. The best part is sharing it with my family and friends. Stay tuned to find out how our Polar Express train ride is this week. What’s your favorite way to get into the Christmas spirit?
This Mama Needs Chocolate is a participant in the Amazon Affiliate LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.