We do not do a lot of TV in this house, so having a special 30 minutes of TV built up by daddy is VERY exciting. Last night it was Rudolph. Tonight it will be Frosty.
Other things we do:
- church, remembering to talk about the reason for the season - Baby Jesus's Birthday
- Oranges and peanuts in our stockings
- train table
- keeping pictures from our christmas cards each year and bringing them out to see how everyone has changed
- reading LOTS of christmas books
- singing christmas carrolls
- cutting down our tree
- decorating our tree
- baking cookies and breads
- making a Gingerbread house - from a kit, DUH
- Advent calendars together
- watching holiday classics
- christmas eve dinner at my parents
- christmas day at Doug's parents
And I heard this one last night that I want to add! Making oatmeal with lots of glitter, put it outside so the reindeer have a snack and they can see the sparkles from WAY up high and come eat it and maybe even "drop" one of their bells for us to find.
I am sure there are lots of things I am forgetting but what are some traditions in your house?
**Update regarding the orange in the stocking, I did a quick search and found this:
The gold Nicholas threw to provide the dowry money is often shown as gold balls. These are symbolized by oranges or even apples. So the orange in the toe of the stocking is a reminder of Nicholas' gift.
There also the other tradition connected with Christmas Stockings. People use to put an orange (or even an apple) in the toe of the Christmas Stocking as a reminder of Nicholas’ dowry gift. The gold Nicholas threw into the maiden’s room is often shown as gold balls. The oranges in stockings symbolizes that great gift of Saint Nicholas.