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Building Holiday Traditions: Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

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Building holiday traditions: Melissa and Doug Advent Calendar
I mentioned in Monday’s post that holiday traditions are becoming increasingly important as my girls get older. They notice all of the little things: special decorations, festive treats, and seasonal music.

Seeing their eyes light up at each and every little detail makes me love our traditions even more.

Building holiday traditions

Simple and Sweet

I don’t think that traditions need to be complex to be meaningful. One of my favorite holiday traditions with my own family growing up was when we would turn off all of the lights and listen to Aaron Neville (my mom’s favorite) while sipping egg nog and watching the glow of our newly decorated tree. It was peaceful, quiet, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt cozier in my whole life.

Holiday Traditions your Kids will Love
This weekend we got a jumpstart on everything Christmas. We bought a new tree and I was itching to get it set up. The girls loved watching the tree take shape and hanging up all of their favorite ornaments. Our tree is a little “bottom heavy” this year since our decorating crew is rather short ;)

Holiday Traditions: Putting up the Tree

Countdown to Christmas

In years past I’ve introduced “A Book a Day December” and our Elf on the Shelf “Berry.” This year we are adding an interactive Melissa and Doug advent calendar from buybuy BABY.

Holiday traditions your kids will love year after year
Again, holiday traditions don’t have to be complicated. I love this little tree because the magnetic ornaments are easy for little hands to place and everything stays neat and tidy inside the built-in storage box.

And like everything we own from Melissa and Doug (which is a lot), the quality is amazing and will last for years to come.

Building holiday traditions with kids using an advent calendar
Even though our advent calendar tree doesn’t officially start until December 1, I let the girls take a look this weekend. Not surprisingly, it was a hit! 

Holiday traditions your preschooler will love: Melissa and Doug Advent Calendar
Each day in December, the girls will take turns adding an ornament to our little tree and on Christmas Day we’ll add the big star at the tippy top!

Toddler-friendly holiday traditions: advent calendar
The girls have already had so much fun looking through all of the ornaments and picking their favorites. Right now the Santa and the gingerbread man are the top contenders ;)

Using an advent calendar to build holiday traditions

A Tradition for Years to Come

I’m so excited to start another {easy & manageable} holiday tradition with my girls. I know this little wooden tree will become something they look forward to setting up each and every year. And who knows, maybe someday I’ll be getting it out for their own children to play with :)

Holiday Traditions: Hot Cocoa
Another holiday tradition worth saving? Hot cocoa mustaches ;)

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xoxo joanna

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