If you've read my Christmas Traditions article, then you know that our family does one thing each day to get ready for Christmas.
We usually start after Thanksgiving. If Thanksgiving is unusually early, we'll wait a week. This year, it was pretty late, so we've leaped right into our Christmas Rituals.
I'm going to update this daily, simply listing what we did that day.
You may notice that there are no charitable activities listed here. There are a couple of reasons for that. I practice charity daily; the Christmas season is no different from any other time of the year. Secondly, though I am not Christian now, I was raised Catholic, and some aspects of my upbringing continue to influence me. As a teen, I became very interested in the works of Lloyd C. Douglas. My attitude towards charitable work has been profoundly shaped by the ideas in Magnificent Obsession .... that is, truly selfless charity is done so quietly that not even the left hand knows what the right is doing.
Basically, I don't talk about it much; you certainly won't find me listing all my activities here.
Hung up Christmas lights inside the house, put up our Christmas Card rope, and hung the door wreath.
Bought our Christmas tree.
Set up a Christmas candle display in our living room, using beeswax candles we made in October.
Hung our Playmobil Advent calendar.
Visited the Miracle of Christmas Light Display in Keizer, Oregon.
Watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Decorated the living room.
Designed our Christmas card.
Decorated Christmas tree.
Made paper snowflakes.
Baked Christmas cookies. Drove around and looked at Christmas lights.
Made a gingerbread house
Watched Santa Claus is Coming To Town.
Made stained glass pictures.
Made Stained Glass Cookies.
Every year the kids get a new ornament. This year we ordered pewter stocking hangers from Lands' End.
Visited Santa and made Christmas pillowcases.
Solstice Celebration with friends.
Made fabric gift bags.
Hosted Christmas Eve Open House. Watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Our family's daily Christmas activities for 2003.
Traditions and rituals we've developed in our family.
Celebrating Christmas in a non-Christian family.
The Truth About Santa
My family's approach to Santa.
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