I know that Elise is too little this year to understand the real meaning of Christmas, but I still told her the story anyway. It is so important to me that although we will do Santa, that she realizes Santa is not what Christmas is about. As I mentioned in another Christmas post, our tradition will be that she asks Santa for one present, and Santa only brings that one present. Mommy and daddy bring a few more, but Santa only brings one special present. My hope is that this will help to cut down on her writing a 45 page letter to Santa telling him 6034 things that she thinks she just “has to have.”
Another Christmas tradition we started this year, is that every year on Christmas day we will have a birthday party for baby Jesus. Nothing huge or over the top, but just a cake/cupcakes and we will read about the birth of Jesus. When she is a little bit older we will blow out a birthday candle and instead of making a wish, we will figure out a small act of charity that either she can do or we can do as a family to help others. Whether it be donating a toy, helping a neighbor, or volunteering, we will help her come up with something age appropriate.
This year Elise helped me make pumpkin cupcakes using this recipe.