Our Christmas Bucket List: Week 1

by Melody on December 5, 2011

In the spirit of our loosely-written Christmas Bucket List, I thought I would share what we have been doing to celebrate the holiday season.  Nothing earth-shattering, but easy and simple fun.  It is truly miraculous to experience the holidays through a child’s eyes.  Our oldest son is 3 1/2 and this is the first year that he really “gets” the holiday.  I have always loved this time of year, but it’s awfully humbling to watch him light up and enjoy it all for the first time.

We watched the amazing light show at Senske Lawn & Tree Care.  This is the first time we realized our son had an opinion about Santa.  His opinion: It’s much better to stand in the corner, wave and make silly faces at Santa then sit on his lap.  Or go anywhere near him.

We packed up the kids and headed out to Bill’s Berry Farm in Grandview to pick out our Christmas tree.  We paid an outrageously reasonable price for the most adorable tree I’ve ever seen, drank hot chocolate, fed the goats and sang Christmas carols with sleigh bells on a hayride.  All while eating candy canes.  I think we may have been in the feel-good movie of the year.

We made Spicy Camp Bars and Pumpkin Waffles from The Farm Chicks amazing cookbook.  Have I mentioned my new-found adoration for the Farm Chicks?  I doubled the waffle recipe so I could throw some in the freezer (and because they were so delicious).  However, I forgot how long it takes to make a double batch of waffles when you only have one waffle iron.  Thank goodness we didn’t have anywhere to be.

We decorated our Christmas tree and put up a few decorations.  We left off the majority of the heavy ornaments, apparently 18-month old boys like to take Christmas balls off the tree and then hurl them back at the tree.  Who knew?

We also had a fun movie night with Will Ferrell and the movie Elf.  Our son giggled through most of it and thanks to this Melissa & Doug Alphabet Train Puzzle, yelled out “That’s a Narwhal!” in the beginning of the movie.  My husband and I just stared at each other in disbelief.

How are you enjoying this holiday season?  What fun traditions does your family have?

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