I have a special post today and I’m excited to share that I’ve been asked to participate in an Advent Calendar by Bastel-Traum! I have both a project to share plus a little story on how my family celebrate the Christmas season. 😀 Before we get to the store, here’s the project I made using Clover New Snow Clouds and Party Banner Metal Die from Little Miss Muffet Stamps… my family traditions follow. ;D
The Christmas traditions in my family take a twist from what you might expect during the holidays but we find it a good mix between a Jolly Santa, Christ and the gift giving spirit. Each year on Christmas Eve we gather together as a family and have a “Shepherd’s Dinner.” The family sits on the floor gathered around the fireplace for a picnic style meal. It’s a bit posh compared to the olde times but it’s a visual remembrance of what it might have been like the night of the first Christmas Eve. Our dinner consists of a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, and fruits. We follow up with a Christmas story and devotional, traditionally one that Grandma has picked out.
Later that evening is when “St. Nicholas soon would be there; the children [are] nestled all snug in their beds; [and] visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.” Each one in turn will wake up out of bed and place a secrete gift under the tree and as they do so, they must say “Ho, ho, ho!” LOL We keep it a secret by labeling the gift “from Santa” but sometimes timing our secrete escapade can be tricky. Mommy or Daddy will help the littlest ones and when morning comes, it’s so fun to see that so may “Santas” have visited the tree. The kids still enjoy the magical aspect of Santa with their friends and enjoy keeping it a secret.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you get a chance to visit Bastel-Traum this season and check out the other calendar goodies that are being opened each day! Seasons Greetings!