Last night Ben and I kicked off our annual family Christmas countdown with an extra special date night at a local Festival of Trees.
Ben enjoyed the show choir performing more than the trees (unless they had a toy or something pink theme). We left when I found him writing his name repeatedly on the silent auction list.
Last year I felt like we shoved way too much into the month of December. This year I sat down with Bill and talked over how we could incorporate date nights and special one on one events with Ben in lieu of trucking everyone all over town. Here is our tentative list of family events we hope to hit before the end of the year.
Nightly participation in the Jesse Tree Advent calendar
Build the Lego Christmas advent set
Sing Silly Christmas Songs/Listen to Christmas music in the car
Attend a live Nativity
Read 2 Christmas bedtime books with Ian under our tree (mommy collects kids Christmas books and has over 50)
Try ice skating
Ride the Santa Train
Make a special gift from Ben and Ian for Grandmommy, Mema, Uncles Jamie and Brian
Sled at the Bond Park Winter Wonderland
Visit with Santa
Check out the area holiday lights/inflatables
Decorate a Christmas tree
Attend a Christmas parade
Make a gingerbread house
Write a letter to Santa
Watch Christmas programs on family movie night
Go to the Festival of Trees