In spite of myself, I giggled.
"Lisa, Christmas doesn't have to be commercialized in your home. You can celebrate! There are lots of simple Christmas pleasures that you and your loved ones can enjoy together."
Look at Christmas Lights
Okay, so Christmas lights might be considered commercial by some, but I love to pile in the van and go look at Christmas lights. There are three houses in a row right near our church. I love to drive past very slowly at night and enjoy the twinkling display.
Go Christmas Caroling
We go caroling at least once every December. Often, we carol in our neighborhood, but one year my father was living in an assisted living facility so we went caroling there, door to door. The older residents loved it! They would beg us not to leave their door, but to keep singing.
Make Christmas Cookies
Trim the Christmas Tree
We set aside a special night to decorate the Christmas tree together as a family. I make a traditional dinner and we enjoy Christmas cookies, eggnog, and hot chocolate. We play Christmas music while we decorate.
Our tree is filled with handmade ornaments, a mish-mash of colors, textures, and shapes. You might want to pick a theme. I have seen beautiful trees decorated in only one color or a theme, such as stars.
Send Christmas Cards
We have a family tradition of taking a Christmas photo each year and turning it into a card. It is a treat for friends who enjoy seeing what color we will choose to wear. This year we chose yellow and blue. Last year was turquoise and 2010 was pink. The annual Christmas card is a way for our family to send our love to friends and family. We all work together to address cards and get them in the mail.
Enjoy Family Christmas Devotions
Please enjoy Christmas devotions together. They bring us back to the reason for the season: Jesus. You can use our Christmas devotions. Download them for free on my website, Joyful and Successful Homeschooling. Just read the Bible aloud together, sing a carol or two, and pray for one another. It doesn't take long and it is a great way to prepare our hearts for Christmas!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)