This year flew by! I can’t believe we are already in December. It’s not looking too much like winter yet around here, but it is slowly but surely getting there. Although, yesterday was 50 degrees, so crazy for Michigan in December.
I am getting all ready for the winter holiday season! For me, that means decorating the house for Christmas, including putting up our Christmas tree, making cookies, buying presents, and reading and watching holiday themed movies. I love to go all in. I am trying not to overdo it this year, but I do have a three year old, so some overdoing will be done. I love to see the surprise and excitement on his face, and it makes it all worth it. Our family decided to only buy for the littles a few years ago, and so that cuts down on my shopping and wrapping. Billy and I buy a few things for each other, and of course, I do remember the grandparents whether they want gifts or not. Wyatt has a team of people that are so involved in his life, his teachers and therapists, and this year I bought them the cutest handmade ceramic acorns. I am in love with them. I plan to give the acorns to them with a note of thanks for helping our little acorn to grow big and strong.
This year too, I want to make sure that we give back to our community, even if we just manage something small. I think it is an important tradition to start with Wyatt, to be charitable and compassionate to others who might be struggling. So we are going to find a small act of service that we will do as a family. For Thanksgiving, we filled a local Blessings Box with food together, so maybe for Christmas we will do something similar.
We are also celebrating Yule or Winter Solstice this year, to acknowledge our awesome planet and the nature and creatures who share our world with us. I think we are going to create a wild Christmas tree, with edible ornaments for our local birds and squirrels (and occasional possum). I am still working on this idea a bit, so if anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them!
And of course, we will be watching all of our favorite holiday movies, all snuggled up under our blankets as the temperatures begin to fall. Drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies and popcorn. Visiting Santa. Doing all the traditional Christmas things. I have a few picture books about Christmas traditions around the world and about Hanukkah that I plan to share with Wyatt as well. And, I will be reading my own wintery books. Like I said, I am all in.
What do you do for the holidays? Any special traditions?