I am so pleased to bring you day 20 of the Creative Christmas Countdown! Today I am sharing one of my family's favorite traditions.
Our family has a lot of traditions for the holiday season and it seems like we add another with each new year. But one that we look forward to the most is also one of the easiest. We spend one night sleeping under the beautiful, twinkling tree.
We start the night off by reading our favorite Christmas stories. This could simply take the place of our usual bedtime story, but usually it's a marathon of all the classics. We curl up around the tree and read together as a family. My little boy could read and look at books for hours and he delights in having us all together, but eventually it's time for bed. You won't hear him asking for five more minutes on this night though!
We lay out lots of blankets, pillows, and stuffed companions. We turn off all the other lights and lay under the decorated branches. We play "I Spy" and talk about our favorite ornaments. We gaze at the lights. We sing Christmas songs. It's a magical and special night for all of us. Eventually, we all sleep, but I stay awake long enough to see one of my favorite sights.....
This is easily adaptable to fit your family. You can make a big production out of it, or keep it simple. And I can only imagine the sweetness of siblings whispering under the tree! I hope that you can experience the magic by adding this to your list of traditions. It's an easy way to make the night a special memory for you all. And don't forget to take pictures! They are a lovely way of seeing your child's growth from year to year and beautiful keepsakes of the cherished memories.