Friday, December 05, 2008

Olivia's Advent Calendar

Every year I put up an Advent Calendar for the grandkids to countdown to Christmas. This year Olivia (who is 2 1/2) is extremely excited about opening the little windows to retrieve a chocolate treat. She gets the concept that candy is hiding behind the window (go figure), but doesn't understand the whole "count-down" thing; nor, does she care. To her, the Advent Calendar is all about standing on her "special ladder" and poking little fingers into any window she can reach.

Here Miss O stretches her little arm to get that special chocolate square. I believe she's opening the December 24 window (which is way ahead of the countdown). She is clueless and could care less. She just knows that it's a part of the Christmas tradition when visiting NeeNee and Poppy's house.

Aaahhh.... I got it!

Family traditions are what the holiday season special. I hope that each of you take time to establish a holiday tradition with your family. Whether it's baking cookies, making handmade gifts with the kids, opening an Advent Calendar, or decorating your tree with ornaments collected through the years. Whatever tradition you establish, it's about spending time with family and making memories that will last.

At our house, it's nutcrackers. I've been collecting them for years. We spend an afternoon unboxing them, repairing the damaged ones, and then carefully arranging them throughout the house. It's a family affair and we cherish the time together.

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