1. Cut your own Christmas tree at Minter”s Farm. Enjoy a hayride, too! (Details in my Thanksgiving Post. )
2. Turn tree decorating into a “tree trimming party.” Put on Christmas music, serve hot chocolate or other seasonal snacks. If your family can”t (or won”t) participate, invite some friends to help!
3. Have a “Christmas Countdown.” We have several: A Nativity Countdown, where you add a different figure (lambs, angels, wise men, etc.) each day; a hand sewn Christmas toy countdown made by my friend, Diane, where you add a different toy each day; and my Children”s favorite: the wooden Angel with numbered doors that hide a daily Hershey”s kiss for each child. We have also used paper chains, where you tear off a link each evening, then count the links to know how many days “till Santa comes!” (In the photo below, you can see our white Angel Advent Calendar on the bottom shelf in the center of the picture, to the right of the lady in the red sweater, and our hand sewn Christmas toy countdown hanging between the stockings on the far left! Last year was the first year that the “kids table” was in the dining room, and the adults ate in the kitchen, because there were less “adults!”)
4. Go to the City of Fayetteville”s Tree Lighting and Sleigh Rides with Santa, which will be on Saturday, December 1, this year.
5. See the annual Christmas Light EXTRAVAGANZA at Mike and Gwen Gaddy”s home, 898 Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville, GA 30214. The lights will be displayed through casino January 1. You drive through the display, and during peak times (weekends and Christmas Eve) traffic can back up! Here are a few of my personal photos of the lights, as well as a YouTube video link.
6. Shop at One Magnolia Lane at The Avenue in Peachtree City. They are my “go to” place for every occasion. They always have something for everyone!
7. Have a Christmas Baking Marathon! My daughter, niece, son”s girlfriend, and other occasional helpers have multi-day baking sessions to produce approximately two dozen varieties of sweet and savory Christmas treats! If I”m not too exhausted, I host an open house for friends to sample the goodies! The remainder are given as gifts and enjoyed during the holidays.
8. Share Christmas dinner with family and friends. We always invite someone who is alone, or away from family, to share our traditions. Our Christmas dinner date changes to suit family availability. (See photo above of us wearing the paper crowns from our 20 year tradition of popping open Christmas Crackers!)
9. Celebrate Jesus as the Reason for the Christmas Season. Read the Christmas Story aloud from the Bible in Luke Chapter 2. Each year we have a birthday cake for Jesus, and sing happy birthday to Him. The youngest child present blows out the candle
10. Attend Christmas Eve Church Services. Our church, First Baptist Peachtree City, has three candlelight Christmas Eve services.