When the boys were young, we used a Countdown to Christmas calendar. It had a pocket for each day that held a strip of paper with an activity that would help us get ready for Christmas. Even though I haven't used that calendar for many years, I still like the concept of spreading out the holiday activities, and try to do one or two things every day to make the season less hectic.Presenting our 2010 Christmas tree:
The ornaments aren't fancy or designer, but each one has a meaning. They're a mix of old:
(All of these date back to our first Christmas together 30 years ago. The "Noel" is simply a card front that I glued to a piece of felt, because we didn't have very many things to hang on the tree, and I marvel every year that it's survived. Mrs. Santa is made from hexagon-shaped plastic beads and a wooden head, and was a gift from my mom. I made the blue globe for Tony with rub-on letters.)
(Tony brought the shell back from his work training trip to California last fall. I bought the gourd-shaped ornament while we were visiting Son Tony in Phoenix a couple of months ago, and the snowman was a gift from one of my students last year.)
There are still some ornaments to go on the tree. I save the boys' ornaments so they can hang them on the tree themselves.