I'm so excited! Today Amy from One Artsy Mama is guest posting.
Hi! I'm Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I am so excited to be here today to share with you a few of our family's favorite holiday traditions. There are three of us in the Artsy Family; I've been married to my best friend and dance partner for almost 10 years, and we have an adorable 3-year-old son who I call my "Little Crafter."
I've always loved the holiday season, and watching Little Crafter experience it now makes it that much more fun. Hubby and I have really enjoyed deciding which traditions we wanted to continue from our own childhoods and what new traditions we wanted to start as a family. Here's what we came up with to make the Advent season special for all three of us.
First, on Thanksgiving Day, after we've eaten our meals and spent time with family, we kick off the countdown to Christmas by making a red and green paper chain.
On each link, we write the date and how many days remain until Christmas. Then we staple the links together. This is a tradition I brought with me into marriage; my parents and I used to make a chain each Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. I have so many memories of sitting around the kitchen table creating it with them...each of us had our jobs. One person would draw the lines and cut the paper, one would write, and one would staple until the chain was complete. I always got to draw special decorations on the link for my birthday, December 14th...in fact, I still do. Shhhh!
Last year, Little Crafter just kind of watched the whole process, but this year he wanted to do everything. He felt like a big man helping Daddy staple the links together!
In addition to the chain, we also do an Advent Activity each day. Hubby did this as a kid, and I loved the idea. We have this super-cute gift box advent calendar, and I put a slip of paper in each box with an activity written on it.
I love Amy's blog. She's super talented and has tons of great ideas. I hope you'll all go and check out her blog.