A few friends were recently discussing holiday traditions and a new grandma asked for suggestions on what she could do for her new grandbabies, something that she could build on every year.
Some of the possibilities included:
- A special ornament each season or making ornaments together
- New holiday pajamas to open on Christmas Eve
- Cultural traditions like giving snow globes or nesting dolls
- Baking Christmas cookies or gingerbread houses
- Handcrafted stockings to use every year
- Seasonal storybooks
- Holiday causes – Angel tree, a special charity, or volunteering
When I was a kid, our tradition was watching all those cheesy Christmas specials – Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, A Christmas Carol… some popcorn, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and we were set.
For my children, it was having an Advent Calendar. But, not just any calendar… it was a calendar I handmade.
I pushed my sewing skills to the limit as well as my math skills. What was intended to be a small, normal sized calendar, turned into a massive wall hanging. One-inch pockets turned into 4-inch pockets, big enough for two good-sized gifts.
I would fill each pocket with holiday themed trinkets, sometimes candy, hot chocolate mix, occasionally money. My daughter got hair bows and nail polish. My son found toy cars and Pokemon cards.
It would take weeks to find all the little gifts to include in the calendar, gifts that I would also wrap.
On the morning of December 1, I hung the calendar so it would be there when my kids woke up.
Both of my kids are now adults. My daughter has lived on her own for a several years and my son, though he lives at home, he has a life of his own and is rarely here if he’s not sleeping or eating.
Still… that discussion of holiday traditions got me to thinking… thinking about bringing out the calendar again. I have a little more than a month to find 48 (24 x 2) trinkets to fill the pockets – 72 if I want to include my Girl’s SO.
I need to ponder on this, but I think I’ll make the calendar a thing again. They are all grown ups now so, toys are out, scrunchies too, maybe I can get a few of those miniature bottles of liquor?
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
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