I love X!This was a good exercise in creativity!
Advent - The children use to get chocolate Advent calendars.
Books - I like to display children’s Christmas picture books as decor.
Candy Canes - I put crushed candy canes on ice cream and in hot chocolate. I use them to decorate the tree.
Decorate - We slowly begin to decorate the weekend following Thanksgiving.
Egg Nog - I like to add it to my coffee and I like to eat Egg Nog ice cream.
Fireplace - If it is cold enough, we light a fire on Christmas Eve. Another time after Christmas, we will roast hot dogs and marshmallows and make grilled cheese in the fireplace.
Gingerbread men - We bake lots of small gingerbread men and women
Hallmark movies - When the family is out for a few hours, I love to watch the Hallmark movies while wrapping gifts.
Ice Skating - We host an ice skating party followed by hot chocolate and cookies.
Jesse Tree - We read the Jesse Tree scriptures at dinner.
Kings - The three kings from the Nativity set travel from Christmas to Ephiphany.
Little People - For years, we put out Fisher-Price’s Little People Christmas sets from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.
Mystic Monk Coffee - I buy their Jingle Bell Java and Candy Cane Coffee.
Nativity Set - We put one out each year. My children have had fun playing with the figures and moving them around.
O Antiphons - Starts Dec. 17th. When I bring out the verses to read at dinner each night, we know we are close to Christmas!
Parade - When possible, we go to the local Christmas parade.
Quiet - I like to get up early and enjoy a cup of coffee in the quiet by a lit Christmas tree.
Rankin Bass Christmas shows - We like to watch Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and The Year Without a Santa Claus
Stockings - The stockings get put up on Dec. 23rd. These are the stockings that I made for the family when I was in high school.
Tree - We like to go out and cut down our own Christmas tree.
Unwrap - We take our time unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning. It usually takes us a few hours.
Visit - We visit our family and they visit us over Christmas break.
Wrapping Paper - I love wrapping gifts when I have plenty of time to wrap. Last minute wrapping is no fun.
X - Marks the Spot - Last year we did a Pirate Treasure Hunt theme on Christmas morning. Clues were given out as to where to find the next clue. Then a map was discovered with X on it. The kids found a wrapped gift. It was an Xbox.
Yankee Candles - I like to burn this brand of candles. Scents that I enjoy are Balsam and Cedar, Bayberry and Christmas Wreath.
Zinc - With all the colds, we make sure to take zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold.
It is lovely.Carols by Candlelight sounds so nice.