I want Bella to look forward to Christmas every year and not just for the gift but for the fun wonderful food, crafts, movies, and just time we spend together! We have started a few traditions with her. 1. we have the usual ornaments that we get. (they where in a previous blog entry) and now my new favorite her "village." A friend of mine gave me this idea because i had never herd about it before. Her mom gave her a new piece of a village every year on Christmas. She started out with one and as they years came her village grew and grew. When she married her mother gave her the whole set and when she started having her babies she started it the same thing with them. Sadly her mom recently passed this year and she said her village means even more to her now because its like her mom is with still during the holidays.
I thought this idea was great for so many reasons. Now and while she grows this can and will be something fun we do together. As she gets older she'll look forward to picking the pieces herself and when she's grown and away from her mom like i am she can pull it out and that way we can still be together during the holidays even if we cant physically be together. Also it will start her Christmas decor for her future home:)
The piece Doug and i picked for this year is an adorable gingerbread set. Its one piece but has three houses on it and the coolest part which Bella enjoys the most is that when you push the black button the houses light up and music plays and we all know how much she loves music! She learned how to turn it on and off the second we gave it to her. Doug and i did good:)
I love Christmas!
We also Made our own snowflakes and Christmas chain and hung them on the ceiling fan just to add a little extra Christmas decor!