I cannot believe it’s that time of year again…Christmastime!
This year will be extremely special; my last Christmas with just one little one. I wanted to make this year pretty special for my little guy…and pour some much needed one-on-one time with him before all the craziness starts in January.
I cannot believe I will be starting 2016 as a mother of two under two. Its exciting and terrifying and gratifying all at the same time. I find myself flooded with gratitude for the opportunity to have carried another little guy for 33 whole weeks, and I know the fun is just about to begin.
Before baby, however, there is Christmas.
This year is going to be SO MUCH FUN. Little man has already noticed all of the decorations; he stops to stare wherever we are.
He did an awesome job with Santa (already…I know.) Take a look at exhibit A:
I seriously cannot handle the sweetness. He asked Santa for another mini Tonka truck and to give another boy, who doesn’t have a truck, the same thing. He and Santa had a conversation about how important it was to remember the reason for the season.
I cried like the little baby B is no longer. It was such a tender moment. Then this sweet smile happened.
Anyway…This year, I’ve decided to give you all some printable gift tags (template c/o homemadegiftguru.com) with each of our activities printed for your convenience.
Here is the rundown as well:
Day one: Handprint ornament; elf on the shelf; Christmas jammies (my sister gave me the idea to open this present on the first day of December or the day after Thanksgiving instead of Christmas eve…good thing too because there are SO MANY opportunities to wear Christmas jammies!)
Day two: Baking cookies
Day three: Decorate a felt Christmas tree. (DIY c/o the Photographer’s wife)
Day four: Polar Express pajama reading at Barnes and Noble perimeter
Day five: Children’s Christmas Parade Midtown
Day six: Live nativity at Peachtree Lutheran (no info on website yet…I’m making a guess based on the weekend that they held the nativity last year. I will update as soon as I see the info).
Day seven: Learn about Hanukkah (latkes, dreidel)
Day eight: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (center for puppetry arts)
Day nine: Governor’s mansion tour
Day ten: Christmas Craft painting (A good resource)
Day eleven: Pink Pig
Day twelve: Breakfast with Santa Southeastern Railway Museum
Day thirteen: Winter wonderland Glover Park
Day fourteen: Santa’s cottage Atlantic Station
Day fifteen: Christmas movie marathon
Day sixteen: Toys for Tots shopping and donation
Day seventeen: Festival of the SEAson at Georgia Aquarium (may change to the seventh for Toddler time)
Day eighteen: Cookies with Santa Zoo Atlanta ** update, this event has been sold out and was scheduled for the weekend of the fourth. I would substitute a visit to the Atlanta History Center for Candlelight Nights or Christmas with Georgia Boy Choir.
Day nineteen: Tour neighborhood and visit Buckhead home of inflatables
Day twenty: Breakfast for dinner
Day twenty one: Visit a nursing home
Day twenty two: visit our local police precinct and fire station and bring Christmas Cookies (have a feeling this one will be Bennett’s favorite!
Day twenty three: Surprise a neighbor with a seasonal care package (filled with cocoa and cookies, of course)
Day twenty four: Toddler Thursdays, annual dinner out, Atlanta Botanical Garden nights of lights
Ohhhhh I can’t wait! What is your family up to for the holidays??
Jessica Kessler says
I love your advent calendar! We do really similar things and I can’t wait for it to start! I need to see a bump picture girl!!!