coming down. Big fluffy white flakes filling the sky. And then it was gone just as it had appeared. Vanished.
Specs and I were driving to his speech therapy session when we saw the snow. It was magical and miraculous and made me so happy that I actually shouted "It's snowing!". How exciting!
That short ten seconds of snow did more to put me in the Christmas spirit than anything else has so far this season. A little later in the day, Specs and I took our dog, Freeno out for a walk. It was cold. We didn't go far, but we decided that we definitely needed some hot chocolate when we got back to our place.
|View from my mother-in-law's living room last Christmas.|
I got to thinking, December starts the day after tomorrow. It is only one month a year. We need to make a plan and make the best of it. I do not want to miss one memory--one magical moment with my family.
Here are some of the must-do things for December I've come up with so far:
1. Listen to lots of Christmas music. Right now I am enjoying the She & Him Christmas CD that our friends brought us on Thanksgiving. Pandora also has some fun Christmas stations and I don't think you can ever go wrong with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas CDs.
2. Watch Christmas movies with my family. Our favorites: A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, Elf, Holiday Inn, The Bishop's Wife, Little Women, While You Were Sleeping and Home Alone. Eat popcorn and snuggle up in blankets.
3. Make gingerbread men and decorate them. Use THIS recipe that my mom always used growing up.
4. Read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I already downloaded it for my kindle for free HERE.
5. Go pick out a Christmas tree with the family.
7. Drink lots and lots of hot chocolate. With whipped cream.
8. Make pomanders with oranges and cloves with my kids.
10. Read Christmas picture books to my kids every night.
11. Light candles. Decorate the house with fresh greenery.
12. Send Christmas cards.
13. Write letters to Santa with my kids.
14. Wrap presents.
15. Visit with Santa Claus.
16. Read one of the four gospels as a family.
First Presidency Christmas devotional, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert and go to our church's Christmas choir concert.
18. I'd love to go Christmas caroling. I might have to see about getting a group of friend together to do it.
19. Make Christmas presents with the kids for their grandparents.
20. Have a game night.
21. Have a special Christmas Family Home Evening.
22. Drive around and look at Christmas lights with the family.
23. Have our traditional "Shepherds' Dinner" on Christmas Eve.
24. Read Luke 2 and A Visit from St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve.
What else do I need to add to the list? Keep in mind that we don't typically get snow here in the south so building a snowman, sledding and other past traditions that I have loved through the years are kind of out of the running for my family while we live here.
What are your favorite Christmas/holiday traditions?