A few years ago I started the tradition of letting the boys have their own tree to decorate and put in their room. Most of their decorations are things they hand made. I keep the "ornaments" each year and then add to them. My guys like doing crafty things so making ornaments each year is fun for them. We make a paper chain to put on the tree and then I let them put the ornaments wherever they want. It's funny to see three or four ornaments hanging on the same branch but that's how they did it so I leave it alone.
hanging their ornaments
We brought back an "Elf on the Shelf" from the States and are trying it out this year. We are not going by the book, but instead I am making up my own version. Our elf (who the boys named Jingles) hides every night and the boys have to find him in the mornings. He brings them a special surprise every day. Unlike the traditional elf our boys get to hold ours and play with him all day. He doesn't report back to Santa each night so my boys don't have to worry about their behavior but he does strongly encourage them each day to use good manners. Trying to teach manners to my boys is hard work but I am determined that they will have them!!! So far it's been fun but it's a lot of extra work on this already tired mama. I drew up a calendar and wrote down things for the elf to do everyday. That way I can hopefully stay on top of things.
my little guys got busy coloring while I cooked breakfast
A fun Christmas themed breakfast we had. We'll be doing these again I am sure.
I just love doing food art for my boys. It makes them so happy and makes me smile to see their joy.
We put up our large tree also. I did most of that work and the boys just supervised.
the boys with our tree and Jingles
I also love this new ornament we brought back from the States.
Here's Jingles hiding one night in an empty planter we have. He left his letter and surprise inside it.
new ornaments for the boys to make
Here's Jingles with his letter, brushes, and yellow paint.
We added the stars to their bedroom door. I drew that nativity scene two years ago and Cruz colored it. I plan to use it each year at Christmas. I also added the color sheets they have been doing this week. Next week we'll have an angel themed day. They'll make an angel craft and color an angel coloring sheet for their door. It will go with the scripture in Luke 2 that we'll read to them.
Another fun surprise they got on our star themed day was these yellow star shaped jello jigglers. It gave us a chance to review the Bible story over our meal.