So, here I am, three days before Christmas doing my first Christmas Cheer check in. Christmas season 129,563, Whitney 0. How's that for over-dramatic? And on that note I want to say thank you for everyone's support and kind words after Tuesday's post, it really means so much! We've been keeping busy and having fun along the way. Without further ado here is what we've done thus far:
Done and done! I used Tiny Prints this year and just love how they turned out!
One of my all time favorite Christmas tradition is the book advent countdown. I got the idea from Courtney two years ago and never looked back (I even incorporated a smaller-scale version in my classroom this year.)
Candy Cane Lane
This is a tradition both Brian and I did growing up so sharing it with Kinsey and Brielana is a no brainer. Candy Cane Lane is a neighborhood cul-de-sac that goes all out decorating for Christmas (there's actually a clause in the homeowners paperwork that it is mandatory to decorate!) Here are a few of my favorites:
You knew this was coming, right?
Decorate a Gingerbread house (not pictured)
We accomplished this on the same night as Candy Cane Lane. It was a full day of festive.
This was such a fun link up! Here's this years pajamas and the past three years comp shot.
Elf on the Shelf
As this is Merry's inaugural year with us I had to make sure it was planned all out. I used Amy's printable calendar (here) and Jess was so kind as to send me her last two years worth of notes (thanks friends!)
Christmas on the Wharf
This was our first year going (apparently its been a thing since 2013, I did not know) and despite it being freezing cold (maybe 50 degrees and that's cold for us!) it was so fun! My mom came with us and we had a girl date. There was complimentary hot beverages and iced oatmeal cookies (yummy!) and since we got there right at 5p, not many people. We had our first Santa meeting of the year (he was an awesome Santa) I'm bummed this picture is blurry, Brielana was just staring up at him in awe. We sipped clam chowder as we strolled the pier and got to see the ice rink. It was all magical.
Some other notables
- We had the pleasure of watching Kinsey's first elementary school singing concert. It was darling. I ask you- whats cuter than a group of 5 year olds singing Christmas carols? The answer is nothing.
- Christmas on the Farm was rained out. Boo. But after Kinsey's class trip and our Pumpkin Patching trip there she's kinda burned out on The Farm lol.
- Santa's Workshop didn't happen as we were with Family in mourning.
- We went to Macy's and sent a Letter to Santa. Guess who still wants a carriage?