Since this is our first year on our own for Christmas we get to start a few of our own traditions. This advent calendar is one of them. I've heard of this idea a few years ago and thought it sounded fun so we gave it a try. It really has been so fun. Every night/day we do some type of activity together as a family. We have made cookies, played games, gone to see lights, made a gingerbread house, watched Christmas movies, and the list goes on. We have had such great quality time together as a family. Highly reccomended.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This is just a snapshot I hurried to take while the elf was taking the professional photo! The real photo turned out so cute, too. We went to the mall a few weeks ago so Landon could ask Santa for a train. That has been his phrase of the season-"ask Santa for a train". I didn't think he would really want to see Santa up close but he waited very patiently in line while we kept talking up how fun and nice Santa is. When it was his turn I was expecting to have us get a family photo with Santa, but he ran right up and jumped into Santa's lap and immediatley started asking for a train! He had such a cute quality conversation with Santa before the photo. He also was so excited that Santa gave him 3 candy canes.
He talked about Santa's lap for days. I finally took him back one morning before the line started and he did the same thing and was so excited. This time he was telling Santa all about church and his friends there so Santa called me over and gave me several handfuls of candy canes for all his friends at church!
Earlier this month our town had their tree lighting ceremony where Santa shows up on a Firetruck. Landon can't say the 'tr' sound in the middle of a word such as Firetruck. He replaced the 'tr' with an 'f' sound. All day long he would say "go see Santa on a firetruck". And he has said it for the last few weeks. It's quite funny. He was so excited to have Evan there with him, too.
It was too dark to see the firetruck but here's a great close up of Santa walking through the crowd.