You guys! It’s the month before Christmas! This month is filled with tradition and fun and family (and stress, and shopping and work….but mostly fun!)!!! Whether Thanksgiving falls early or late in November, Christmas kicks off the following morning with the arrival of our Elf on the Shelf (See some old pictures here). I’ll admit, I’ve been terrible at taking photos of Murray this year, but I do have a few!
After the Elf arrives, the next step in our holiday fun is picking out and decorating a Christmas Tree! Having my living room glowing in the magical twinkle lights makes me so happy! I love the smell of fresh pine – and I know it’s pushing it to have a live tree inside for over a month, but it’s worth picking up pine needles until Easter to do so!
We also always get a family picture taken on Thanksgiving, this is what I use for our holiday cards (this way, the photos are always about a year a part so friends and family far away can truly see how much the kids have changed in a year). My amazing brother in law always brings his camera (he is a nature photographer, not a portrait one) and gets a great shot (or, multiple shots where head swapping is a possibility)!
There are still plenty of traditions left – we still have cookies to bake, Santa to visit, donations to make, gifts to buy, gifts to wrap and family and friends to celebrate with – but December is a magical month for my family. I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions (Christmas, or otherwise).