We make a point of spending Christmas morning with just us. Bryce and I started this tradition before we had Declan. We love the magic of a quiet Christmas Eve and our traditions:
- Paleo sausage lasagna
- Putting together a jigsaw puzzle while listening to a Christmas Pandora station
- Sipping drinking chocolate spiked with a splash of peppermint schnapps
And, of course, Christmas movies. Our favorites:
- Christmas in Connecticut
- White Christmas (Sisters song always gets stuck in my head) [do I have the right movie and song]
- One more
Now that we have someone in the house who’s almost 2 years old, I think we might have to skip the jigsaw puzzle tradition for a couple of years.
Here’s a very quick project that I was able to put together with scrap building materials, minimal husband time, and low fussiness.
I found this at Nordstrom. Here’s a snapshot if it in the store.
- Stencil: Cut open a grocery bag or larger paper shopping bag flat. This gives you nice, heavy paper so you can trace your tree design.
- Fold the paper lengthwise.
- Draw a large tree lengthwise along the fold.
- Cut the tree.
- Wood: find a piece of plywood large enough for your tree stencil.
- Trace the tree onto the wood.
- Using a miter saw cut out the tree outline. This is where I had Bryce do this because he has better fine saw skills than I.
- Give the tree a little sanding to smooth out the edges.
- Sparkles: trace the outline of the tree with Elmer’s Glue.
- Sprinkle on glitter and let it dry.
- Display: easiest, prop against the wall on a display or picture shelf.
What’s your favorite holiday movie? What are your Christmas Eve traditions?