It’s started!

I inherited the Christmas gene from my mother and if this morning is anything to go by, I have passed it on to my children. In the very early hours of the morning a small boy climbed into bed next to me and whispered, “A pinch and a punch for the first of the month and is it time to open the advent calendar yet?”.

The advent calendar is the first of our Christmas rituals and how we begin celebrating a time of year that’s very special to us. Christmas was loaded with family traditions when I was growing up and I think part of the reason it is so special to me is that I love passing those same things on to my children. Here (in no particular order) is what we are looking forward to doing over the next few weeks.

  1. Decorating the Christmas tree and hanging up the hand-embroidered stockings.
  2. Baking and icing a gingerbread house and making gingerbread men for the children to share with their friends.
  3. Choosing gifts for other children and putting them under the tree at The Parenting Place to be distributed by Lifewise.
  4. Driving around the neighbourhood checking out the lights (after nearly going crazy untangling our own Christmas lights for the front porch).
  5. Waiting for the Elf on the Shelf to arrive.
  6. Having ice cream for breakfast on the last day of school.
  7. Going to church on Christmas Eve and singing carols by candlelight.

Bring it on!

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Hannah Dickson

Hannah was the editor of Parenting magazine and theparentingplace.com from 2008 until 2015. She's a mother of two primary school-aged children and is passionate about baking, cupcakes and giving children a great start with a warm and creative family life.

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