We missed the Canton City of Lights last year, so we were excited to go again this year!
Matching Christmas outfits and pajamas are a must. I will do it until they are old enough to protest. I just can't help it.
We try to see Santa as much as possible because dude loves him. This year, he was at Grammy & Papaw's clubhouse, along with Mrs. Claus, the grinch, and a fire truck. Dude. was. in. awe.
A trip to Bass Pro with Mammy & Pappy!
Now that dude is older, I wanted to start a new tradition that showed an act of selflessness. Christmas tends to be all about ME, especially to a three year old! I struggled with finding a way to connect with dude on being selfless and helping others. My parents always did this with me & I still love to give as an adult. We decided to donate a few new toys to Toys for Tots. I tried my best to explain to dude that not all children get presents for Christmas, so we're gonna give them a few! I didn't want it to be traumatizing and back-fire, so I promised that when we left, we would go pick out an ornament for his Christmas tree. He walked right in and gave the toys away. I was kind of shocked! I'm not sure that it sunk in, but at least we tried!
As promised to dude, he got to pick out an ornament at Hobby Heaven Lobby.
This year, I'm throwing a Christmas Eve brunch. Depending on how it goes (pray for me) it may be a new Christmas tradition. It won't compare to my sister-in-law's 5 course meal that she throws every year, but one can dream, right?
While all those traditions are fun, they are not the meaning of Christmas! As the kids get older and are able to understand more, we will definitely insert more of Jesus into our Christmas season. After all, He is the Reason for the Season!!!