We’ll be spending our first Christmas at home this year! It only took my giving birth to finally allow us to celebrate in our own home. For a few years, we didn’t even bother decorating because we would spend most of the holidays on the road bouncing between extended families. Bryce is much more aware this year, and I am really looking forward to building some holiday traditions with my little family! Some of the things I’m excited about:
Symphony of Lights: This is a mile and a half of christmas light displays that you can drive through. There are some times that you can walk through as well, the Dazzle Dash run, and the Blinking Binkies stroller walk. I took Bryce to Blinking Binkies this year, and he loved chilling in the stroller eating grapes and looking at all the lights.
Washington Christmas Revels: Every year this group puts on a sort of Madrigal Feast, sharing holiday music, dancing, and traditions from around the world. I’ve only attended once, but it was absolutely magical and transporting. My master plan when Bryce is old enough is for DJ, Bryce, and myself to audition and actually perform in the production! What a fun family experience!
Carol Singalong: When I was a child, my mom would host a carol sing for all the neighbors on our street. Everyone would come over, eat goodies, and then we’d sit in the living room and sing Christmas songs. Fostering community music making is one of my passions, and this is a tradition that I am really excited to continue! I’m hosting my first one this year, and I am in the process of creating a website with all the lyrics and piano/guitar chords so attendees can access them from their tablet or smartphone. I don’t mess around when it comes to Christmas music. 😉
Cookies: I don’t think I will be quite as extravagant with the amount and selection of holiday baked goods as my mom was, but I do want to make some goodies for the season! Bryce is starting to be interested in standing on a chair at the kitchen counter to watch my food preparation activities (and to unload and reload the silverware drawer) and it is only a matter of time before I attempt to make a yogurt cake with him!
Giving Back: Our church offers many opportunities to help out the community during Christmas; Angel Tree, breakfast for the local homeless shelter, music and puppet ministry, and other things too. As Bryce gets older, I really want to involve him in some service projects so that he can focus on helping others as much as the Santa Claus/gift getting part of the season.
I can already feel our family life starting to blossom. It is so wonderful to BE where we are and ENJOY the holiday season instead of worrying about packing, traveling, and surviving the holiday season!