Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. My childhood is filled with so many wonderful memories of Christmas. My favorite thing to do as a child was going to look at Christmas lights. Every Christmas eve we would go looking at lights, mostly down “Candy Cane” lane. Every house in the entire neighborhood had lights up. Sometimes there would even be a Santa handing out candy canes. I still love to go looking at Christmas lights, sadly though, it’s hard to find entire neighborhoods that are all lit up these days.
Every year I get so excited for Christmas that I end up putting my Christmas decorations out before Thanksgiving. As hard as I try I just can’t seem to wait to do it after. It only comes once a year and I want to enjoy it to the fullest. Our elf “Rudolph” always waits till after Thanksgiving to show up. Yes my kids named him Rudolph, lol. This year he showed up with candy canes filled with candy and marsh mellow “snow”. 🙂
Christmas is such a magical time for children. I remember as a child trying to stay awake to get a peek at Santa. I would even look out my bedroom window hoping to see him. The anticipation was just as exciting as waking up on Christmas morning to see all the toys he brought. I try to make Christmas just as magical for my kids. A couple of years ago we went on the Polar Express train. If you have never experienced this you are missing out. Everyone wears their pajamas. There are dancing chefs who serve cookies and hot chocolate while singing the songs from the movie. It’s actually like you are in a real life version of the movie. In fact they actually read the book to you before you get to the “North Pole.” When you arrive at the “North Pole” they turn the lights down low and all the kids start looking out the window trying to see Santa. The “North Pole” consists of Santa’s village and Santa and his elves are waiting there. The train then stops and Santa gets on and hands out bells to all the children. Santa then returns to his village and the ride back consists of singing Christmas carols. I’ll never forget seeing my kids light up with excitement which made it all worth it. We’ve been wanting to go back but it’s hard to find a day that we can go that isn’t already booked up. I think next year I will book early!
These are just a few of our Christmas traditions. I would love to hear what everyone does to make Christmas special for their family.