It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like CHRISTMAS

In my home, Christmas decorating has a way of jumpstarting the Holiday spirit!  This year I decided to decorate early, because I wanted to enjoy the spirit of Christmas for more than just a month.  The holidays have always been special to me, but I had no idea how much better the season would be when shared with my kiddos!  There is something about watching their eyes light up as they plug in the Christmas tree each day, or the joy Paisley has when she belts out her 3-yr old rendition of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”… truly a special time of year!

I wanted to gear my Christmas this year more around my toddler enjoying it, and in return it effected the decorations I put up in my home; one being my 4ft Christmas tree.  It is the perfect size for my 3 year old to help decorate and enjoy, and I love that she is in charge of it.  She feels like it is her special little buddy and she loves arranging and admiring all of her little meaningful ornaments.  Christmas TreeAnother cheerful touch we added this year is a felt hanging Christmas tree.  I was planning on making my own, but while wondering Target, I found a very inexpensive kit with all of the trimmings.  My daughter arranges and rearranges it multiple times a day and thinks it is the coolest thing ever!  If you are planning to make your own, all you would need to purchase are a few pieces of felt in green, white, red & yellow and you would be all set.  CLICK HERE for another cute felt tree activity kitFelt Treefelt treeFelt TreeThe Little People Nativity Set is probably my absolute favorite Christmas decoration.  CLICK HERE  There is nothing better as a parent to watch your little one reenact the Christmas story with baby Jesus and all the characters.  This nativity allows for our little one to bring the real meaning of Christmas into her daily life and it is such a great reminder to them what Christmas is all about!  Elf on the Shelf enjoyed playing with it too!  Earlier Post – Elf on the Shelf Ideas Elf on the ShelfOur sweet snowman advent calendar is another fun touch.  Every day until the New Year we glue a white puff craft ball over the number to, in the end, create a full, fluffy snowman.  My daughter thinks it is snow-much-fun, sorry for the pun, and in the end we are working together on a fun project.  I found this kit in the dollar bin, but if you were to make your own you would only need a white poster board, some markers, glue and a bag of cotton balls.  Easy!!SnowmanSnowmanDollar Store Chocolate Advent Calendar.  You can not go wrong with one of these little kits.  They are perfect for teaching your little one their numbers and enjoying the count down to the big day.  (Plus the added bonus of a mini-chocolate candy everyday doesn’t hurt.)Advent

No matter what you do to bring the holiday spirit into your home, what matters most is that you have a joyful heart and share it with your little ones this holiday season!

Happy Christmas Decorating!

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