an unusual Christmas season for us + December ideas

I might be in the minority, but I think Christmastime/December is one of my very favorite times of the year. ;) This season is looking quite a bit different than our usual Christmas since we're not living in our own house- so we won't be hosting parties, decorating, or having family come stay with us this month.

Even without a "normal" Christmas, I'm sure the kids will enjoy this year just like any other year. We are changing up a lot of our Christmas traditions, and we can still do a few of our favorite ones no matter where we are or what we have. :) I really want to focus on the birth of Jesus and to share His great love, and this unusual year is an even better opportunity to do that, right?

Here are some of the things we are excited to get to do:
  • watch *The Star of Bethlehem* again 
  • make a simple gift for our family members {last year it was sugar scrub}
  • do what we can of this advent devotional
  • make sugar cookies + decorate them, then give them away
  • take pictures of the kids
  • make our sponsored children Christmas cards 
  • make a popcorn garland
  • take the kids out to have hot chocolate {done!}
  • take the kids to go Christmas shopping for their person {they spend their own money, and it's so fun to see them get so excited about giving! :)}

We had our annual hot chocolate yesterday:

hot chocolate 2014 :D 
Of course, the hot chocolate wasn't enough sugar, so we had to get donuts too. ;)



December is off to a great {sugary} start so far! :D

How has your week been so far?

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? 
And do they ever involve donuts? :P hahaha







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12 comments

Canadian Doomer said...

Shorts! That's the first thing I noticed about the hot chocolate picture. Brrrrr! Shorts in December. LOL I'm not sure where you are. We're wearing winter boots and coats, mittens and hats around here!

I like your Christmas ideas, though. :)

Kristin said...

One of our family traditions is to go to a nearby beach town and look at their huge lights display...and when we're done, stop by and get donuts!! Of course, it's a lot colder here and we have to wear coats and mittens, scarfs, and hats. I'm a tiny bit jealous of the shorts.

Sophie from France said...

Make a christmas pudding and a lot of cakes, cookies and fudges..., go to the Midnihgt Mass, hosting my parents, and pray a lot! And the same advent devotionnal, but we're in late about it!! Never mind, we'll start this sunday! I love Christmas time ( you're not alone, we're two! Ha!)

And, as the othes comments, shorts for christmas???? Really?????

Amanda said...

Donuts are a favorite at our house! My favorite Christmas morning breakfast is a Cinnamon Crunch bagel from Panera Bread with Walnut Cream Cheese! Indulgent!

Bekah said...

Well I think all traditions in general should involve donuts. :) My husband and I have just celebrated our second wedding anniversary, and a tradition we started was to collect an ornament from anywhere we visit - and also have an ornament to represent our year's activities. The one that best sums up the year. I take a picture of every ornament, print it out, and write on the back of it where it came from and the memories associated with it. This year, as he pulled each ornament out of the storage tub, I found the picture and read the memory - and then we put the ornament on the tree. It's a fun thing!!

Mandy said...

LOL! We're in Texas and it's 70 degrees- crazy weather but typical Texas, LOL!

Mandy said...

hahaha! :P I love that donuts are in your tradition! yay! BTW I'm feeling a little the same about your coats and mittens. :P It's so hot I nearly got sunburned on Sunday. for real!

Mandy said...

oh! what is a Christmas pudding? how is your weather there now? It's really hot here- like 70-76 degrees, and we're sweating outside! :P crazy Texas!

Mandy said...

Mmmmmm!! I love your Christmas breakfast- sounds perfect!

Mandy said...

Oh Bekah, that is so sweet!! I love it!! How many have you collected so far? I agree with your donut opinion too! :)

Jennifer Kindle said...

I love Christmas too. We are doing our stocking countdown this year where we intentionally add value to other people every day of the month, reading a new advent book (we are 1 day behind already....geez) and we are watching Christmas movies, eating popcorn, making gifts and eating too much sugar!!! love you.

Sophie form France said...

Christmas pudding is an traditionnal english recipe, but we really love it, and it is our traditional birthday cake for our third son who was born on December 25!
So, the recipe here:
http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/traditional-christmas-pudding.html
You must make it in november, at least the last sunday before Advent!

About the weather (it's funny, it's my kiddos' lesson- "what's the weather like?/ it's sunny, windy, stormy..."), it's a little cold- 39-42 degrees, but not too much, and it snowed on the mountains but still not here (we even had sunshine! Otherwise, it's cloudy).I hope it will snow for Christmas! Back of the church at midnight under the snow is magical!!!
Oh, and I wondered if your children are interested to write with mine. You can answer me by mail (if you still have it)? You know, learn about the children's life in an other country...what they eat, at which games they play, or their books or films, and - for mine - write in english, and send postcards, etc...(my kiddos will love it!!). I have twins - boys, 12 Yo- another boy -11 Yo- a girl- 8 Yo- and two boys- 6 and 5 Yo...