It’s Monday and we are in full on Christmas mode around here! We had a great weekend and have more Christmas fun planned for this week. You may have noticed I’ve had some trouble with the blog on and off this week. After a few sessions with the help desk though, I’m hoping things are up and running now and the problems are behind me. Be sure to check out my posts from last week though. I shared some book recommendations here, some stocking stuffer ideas for kids here, and my favorites from the week here.
Today, I have a little of this and that for you, focusing on some of our favorite Christmas traditions!
Last year, I shared that I started doing an “Acts of Kindness” Advent Calendar with my little guy. I was surprised at how excited he was to pull it back out again this year and do it again.
This gives you an idea of what’s on it. I try not to stress about doing something every day if it doesn’t work out and we don’t necessarily do it in the order that we have it listed. If it’s a weekday evening with homework and an activity, I’ll choose “hold the door open for someone” instead of “donate to the food bank”. I like that it promotes the Christmas spirit though. We talk a lot about Christmas magic around here, especially because I think we’re getting to the end of my 7 year old believing, so I like to find ways to demonstrate the magic of the season.
We’ve also started hitting some of our traditional holiday events. Last week, we went to Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. We go to this every year and always enjoy it.
I always tell people who ask me about it though that the event is not that big. You basically walk through the inside of the gardens and look at the decor and a whole lot of gingerbread houses. They have a cute little “town center” with someone playing Christmas music.
It’s cozy and festive and we love it!
There’s also a little campsite area where my kids love to play.
We always go after school when it’s not so crowded. We spend our time looking at the gingerbread houses (which we love), playing at the campsite, and riding the train. We take a quick stroll through the rainforest, grab a treat, and head out. We have never made a gingerbread house there because it’s pricey. We are also members, so the event doesn’t cost us anything extra. If we weren’t members, I don’t know how I would feel about the event, but because we are we always enjoy it. My seven year old loves looking at the Christmas trees and gingerbread houses but if that’s not your kids’ thing, you might not enjoy it as much as we do.
If you’re looking for Christmas activities, Kringle’s Inventionasium is another fun one. We went last year and it’s super cute! My little guy is asking to go back but I don’t know if we’ll squeeze it in or not. If you haven’t been though, I definitely recommend it. They do a great job with it! Make sure to make a stop to say hi to Bruce the Spruce at Tower City too!! He blew our minds last year!
Our other favorites are Country Lights at Lake Farmpark and of course, Polar Express. Both of these events are currently sold out though. : (
We also have plans to go to Crown Point Parkway Festival of Lights in Strongsville this year.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I’d love to try something new this year!
Have a great week, friends!