Advent Traditions?

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Advent Traditions?
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Thu, 12-05-2013 - 9:29am

We are now in the Christian Season of Advent.  If your family observes:

1) Do you have any favorite Advent traditions you would feel comfortable sharing here?

2) Even if you don't observe Advent, do you have any "getting ready for Christmas" traditions?  Favorite holiday shows?

3). Do you have an opinion about "The Elf on the Shelf? "

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 11:34am

1) Do you have any favorite Advent traditions you would feel comfortable sharing here?

We don't do religious advent traditions in our house, and didn't when I was growing up.

2) Even if you don't observe Advent, do you have any "getting ready for Christmas" traditions?  Favorite holiday shows?

However, we do have a wooden Advent tree with little doors for each day of December ending with Christmas (the star on top of the tree), and each morning my kids open the corresponding door to find a little something inside (literally, because the cubbies are about 1" square), such as a "squinkie," a quarter, an eraser, etc.

Favorite holiday shows are "The Year Without a Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," as well as Rudolph and Frosty. Oh, and what DD calls the "Kerplunk Kerplooey" show ("Twas the Night Before Christmas"). A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life...The Polar Express is great too. I love all things Christmas.

3). Do you have an opinion about "The Elf on the Shelf? "

Until this year I swore I would never do it, although I love the creative (and dirty) ones I see on Facebook! But I was unpacking the Christmas stuff this year and a lot of what I opened belonged to my mother who died last year.  There was an elf ornament that I set aside, and DD saw it and got all excited thinking the Elf was going to start visiting. I couldn't say no, so here we go. Any ideas for a 5 y/o are welcome. DS (10) just rolls his eyes, lol

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