I posted a few years ago about our Mitten tradition. When Lola & Diego were about 3 or 4 I felt so bad, becuase the house was all decorated for Christmas, and every morning they would wake up and ask “Is it Christmas yet?” So I came up with the idea to hang Christmas stockings with a fun surprise inside, and take one down everyday. This way they could see for themselves how many mittens were left, and how many day before Christmas!
Since this will be our 4th or 5th year now doing this, t really is a tradition! I have learned that since I actually put memory makers in the mittens that it takes a little planning. I thought I would share this years Memory Mitten ideas. You can follow us on Instagram @CincoDeMami
Dec 1: Make Bird Feeders for the Kindness Elves
Dec 2: Write Letters to Santa
Dec 3rd: Start a new holiday chapter book, and continue to read it all month
Dec 4th: Watch “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974 version) and have popcorn and a cocoa bar
Dec 5th: Make gingerbread houses
Dec 6th: Winterfest
Dec 7th: Messiah @ Cary Westwood Baptist
Dec 8th: Watch “Elf” and have pancakes for dinner! (special occasion meal 🙂
Dec 9th: Make a reindeer craft and watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Dec 10th: Skype Santa with Portable North Pole
Dec 12th: We will be out of town, but I found this great Virginia Beach light show
Dec 13th: We will still be in Virginia Beach, so tonight we plan to go to the Parade!
Dec 14th: Oakwood Candle Light Tour. We went on this home tour before we had kids. We have continued the tradition every year since. No, don’t worry, we don’t drag our small tribe into peoples meticulously decorated homes. the great thing is that the homes are decorated just as much on the outside, so we stop and get Krispy Kremes and walk the neighborhood enjoying all the outside decorations and the music playing!
Dec 15: Decorate Placemats for the Kindness Elves
Dec 16th: Get our tree at the Jordan Tree farm, where we get to pick out and chop down our own tree!
Dec 17th: Decorate the Christmas tree, and have hot coco and listen to Christmas music
Dec 18th: Make no-sew fleece caps for the Kindness Elves!
Dec 19th: Watch “Home Alone” and make Santa Pizzas
Dec 20th: Visit the Tanglewood Festival of Lights!
Dec 21st Bake and decorate cookies!
Dec 22nd: Benson Meadow Lights!
Dec 23rd: Wendell Wonderland!
Dec 24th Christmas Eve! We have Fondue for dinner and everyone gets to open new PJ’s, we then play a new family board game.
If you noticed, most of the this list is free activities, but the great thing is the memories that they will create will last a lifetime and are priceless!