traditions

 

Quilted pocket advent calendar

The last few weeks have been hectic around here and I apologize for the lack of posts, but there are only so many hours in a day (right?!).

Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope everyone had a great holiday and that you’re all rested and well fed. We had a fantastic Christmas, so good that I’m still recovering from all of the excitement.

This was our first Christmas at home with L’il E so I wanted to create new traditions of our own as well as incorporate existing family ones. I believe that traditions organically evolve (they can’t really be created) and I’m so glad there are a few that seem to be surfacing (ok and one I created).

One of our  traditions that has evolved over time is homemade pizza for dinner on Christmas Eve. For the last few years that we have stayed in Toronto, the Hubs and I have made our favourite homemade pizza, uncorked a bottle of red and enjoyed a nice relaxing meal before the feasting of Christmas Day. This year we shared that with L’il E and for me it sealed the tradition for good.

Growing up I always had one of those yummy chocolate advent calendars, but always envied the families that had a homemade one with pockets or drawers (no I didn’t feel deprived mom, I loved my chocolate advent calendar just as much). With that, I decided to sew up a quilted pocket advent calendar (I used this tutorial) and be one of those families I envied. I finished it just in time for the beginning of advent, but alas I wasn’t organized enough to fill the pockets.  Next year I plan on filling the pockets with little notes, chocolates and trinkets as the days lead up to Christmas Eve. A new tradition in the making?

As for the rest of our Christmas celebrations it’s mostly what the Hubs and I grew up with and surprisingly they don’t differ very much! I imagine that many more traditions will arise as we celebrate more Christmases at home with our growing family.

What are your Christmas traditions? Do you stick to family traditions or make up your own?

 

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