I wouldn’t say that I’m a grumpy person or anything, but I can definitely be a little bit jaded at times. While I do enjoy a good tradition every now and again, I sometimes get overwhelmed and disenchanted when it comes to the holiday season and in the past have honestly just felt like it was all more work than it was worth. And then I had a child. A wonderful, little bundle of love and magic and she ruined me for cynicism forevermore.
Ever since my husband I started dating (way back in high school) we’ve had a tradition of making/buying an ornament every year. When we were younger, we would make each other funny little ornaments. One year, I made him a popsicle stick frame ornament with a photo of us in it, and he made me a light-up Christmas tree ornament in his electronics class. Now, we stick to buying ornaments each year. Some years, they are significant and represent something special about the year, and other years, we just choose one that we think will look pretty on the tree. Since we have a daughter, it’s a fun tradition to share with her, and now she gets a yearly ornament too!
Every year I say I’m going to do an advent calendar, and every year I come up empty handed. I guess at my core, I’m just really not all that crafty. Sort of crafty, but also super busy and tired, and usually busy and tired trump my desire to craft and create. That said, this is definitely going to be the year … the year of the advent calendar for our family, because I’ve been feeling an extra dose of holiday cheer, and because I know my daughter would think it was totally magical, which will make it all worth the effort. Also, for those of you who just don’t feel like you have the time, energy, or motivation to take on another DIY? Don’t fret — these are all super simple, and I’ve chosen my DIY advent of choice from this bunch — so you know it’s easy!