Traditionally the weekend after Thanksgiving is spent organizing and decorating for the Christmas holiday. I did a little Black Friday shopping (I can usually only handle going to one store). I took down the bins of decorations and watched as the kids pulled out treasured items they only get to see and play with during the holidays - snow globes, nesting dolls and Jadyn's beloved music box. Joe decked the halls on the outside while I worked on the inside and we finished off by decorating the tree together as a family. Jadyn and I also prepared holiday cards to go out on the 1st of December. It was a fun weekend with a majority of the time spent at home with the family.
Flash forward to this past weekend and it was time to really start getting into the spirit. We started off Friday night watching The Polar Express for movie night. The kids woke up bright and early on Saturday, excited for the return of our scout elf Jelfie, as well as the tradition of our Advent calendar.
Saturday's activities included the kids workshop at Home Depot, which allows the kids to hand make gifts for the grandparents and later that evening we headed down to City Hall for the town's annual tree lighting ceremony that includes cookies, hot coca, caroling and a visit from Santa, who arrives via fire truck.
This year the Jake and Jadyn, along with several other kids assisted the mayor in turning on the oversized switch that lights up the tree at City Hall. They were super excited:
We woke up Sunday morning to find Jelfie making himself comfortable in our remote bin with a box of popcorn. He had unwrapped the kids surprise and watched Arthur Christmas as we slept. The kids really got a kick out this antic and we all enjoyed watching the movie later that night.
It was a great way to kick off the holiday season!