Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Begins...

It will be no surprise to you all that I LOVE Christmas.  I have been flooding my Facebook page and Instagram feed with Christmas snippets for weeks now.   I don't care if you think that setting up Christmas in November is bad luck... I will continue to do it.  I don't believe in superstitions.

I am, however, all over Traditions.  Creating family memories for the Five Little Reasons.  Memories that will be etched in their minds for eternity.  I want to fill their memory banks with as much magic as possible.  There can never be too much magic. 

As I pulled down the decorations from storage, I check each bauble and every string of lights.  The Five Little Reasons sit around, engaged in our ever growing Christmas book collection that they haven't seen in 10 months.


Every year we add one, two or three Christmas books to our collection.


Once the tree is up and fully decorated, which, I might add, takes me 3 hours over a couple of days to complete, the Five Little Reasons stand back and discover all the ornaments as if it was Christmas all over again.  Only it is.




Each year, all on their own, they decide on a Star Catcher.  One huge tree.  One Star.  One Star Catcher.  It is this Reasons job to ceremoniously place the star on top of the tree, marking the official beginning of Christmas in our house.

This year, they chose...



Oliver.  And he was as proud as punch!

As Daddy lifted Oliver up as high as he could, Oliver gently placed the star on top of the tree.  The other reasons gasped in delight and started singing "We wish you a Merry Christmas".  It sounds so cheesy, but so magical at the same time.



The Five Little Reasons then assemble and decorate their very own little tree in the family room.  They stand around going through each decoration one by one.  Handing the decorations to their owner to place on the tree.  All the decorations they have made over the years.  Hayden and Lucy especially enjoy reminiscing each decoration, proudly announcing how and when they made it. 





One yellow dish sponge, some glue, glitter and a couple of bells.
Fold the top over a loop and Voila! A Christmas decoration that any child would be proud of.
{Lucy made this in Kindy and she is still very proud of it today!}


And so Christmas has begun.

   







  





One of my most frequently asked question is "How do you afford Christmas with Five Little Reasons?" My answer is this.

It doesn't matter how much money you spend.  It doesn't matter how many presents are under the tree.  Christmas is all about the traditions.  The memories of family and togetherness and excitement that we want to implant into the Five Little Reasons minds.  We fill December with loads of inexpensive or even free events.  Heck, a night of walking the neighbourhood spotting all the Christmas lights is so magical through the eyes of a child.

That is what Christmas is all about.




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6 comments:

  1. Hear Hear Reasons! Lovely post Danielle. Didn't spy my Chrissy addition in the book pile...but I reckon one of those annoying little elves who keep nicking things might be to blame! ;-) Wishing you and yours a magical Christmas Dim x

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    1. Hi Dim,

      You book is now in the pile. That photo was taken the week before we received yours. It will be treasured for many many years to come. Merry Christmas!

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  2. I absolutely love what you said about Christmas being about the traditions, not the gifts. It's so easy to get caught up thinking the opposite. Your decorations look incredible, ours are on such a smaller scale (because we live in a caravan) but I still can really realte to the way you savour decorating and warming up to the christmas spirit.

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    1. That is exactly the point hey Mel. As long as you have fun together, it doesn't matter if you put up one tiny string of lights or cover the whole house (or in your case, caravan). Warming up the Christmas spirit should be full of family. x

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  3. Totally agree with the Little Reasons for the Season of Christmas. It's all about making memories and traditions, not about the cost of gifts.

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  4. That is truly a GORGEOUS CHRISTMAS TREE! I love love how you decorated it. Loving the Christmas lights as well :)

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