Reading Christmas stories by the Christmas tree is a wonderful holiday tradition my family started when our children were quite young. It started out as a Christmas gift bag with a few holiday books. My kids are much older now and the only difference is the number of books – it’s now a storage tub full (and quite heavy).

Each night, we would gather by the Christmas Tree and take turns pulling out a book (one night each) and read the story, then get ready for bed. It was a great way to end the day.

Some nights we weren’t able to read a story because of the busyness of the season, but we did what we could and the tradition stuck. My kids love it and look forward to reading.

You do not need to have many books or even children to do this. You can start with a favourite book or two. Perhaps A Visit from Saint Nicholas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or a favourite book from your childhood for those with children. Or A Christmas Carol, or Skipping Christmas for those without children or who have older children.

Enjoy the time and celebrate the season.

 
 

What’s life without a little adventure?

I love adventures! Okay, I really love Advent-ures – activities to do during the Advent.

Advent begins 4 Sundays before Christmas – this year it’s December 2nd and ends on Christmas Day. The Christian Church denotes Advent by Sundays and using an Advent Wreath with Bible readings. Also, many people celebrate the Advent season by using countdown calendars.

Here’s what the Advent season looks like in my house (I’ll elaborate more on a couple of these in future posts):

  • Advent Wreath
  • Advent calendar
  • Countdown calendars
  • Reading by the Tree
  • Watching a Christmas Flick

I’m always looking for new ideas and ways to add to the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. I see Advent as the prequel to the Christmas season and look forward to it more and more every year.

How do you celebrate the Advent season?

 
 

Startpage (Startpage is the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches.) is my last search on “Christmas”.

2. NorthPole.com

50. Origins of the Christmas Holiday

100. Christmas Spirit Tree

If you do your own search, please feel free to share them with us. Depending on where you live, you may come up with different results.

Please NOTE: Before checking out these sites I recommend that you have your pop-up blocker turned on and your virus scanner up-to-date, just in case. I don’t endorse these sites, these are just what I found using search engines.

 
 

As previously posted, I’ll be searching “Christmas” in various search engines and recording the results (2nd, 50th, and 100th place, first is always Wikipedia Christmas, read here).

The results for Google are:

2. northpole.com

50. Low’s Christmas Album

100. The Christmas Resistance Movement

If you do your own search, please feel free to share them with us. Depending on where you live, you may come up with different results.

Please NOTE: Before checking out these sites I recommend that you have your pop-up blocker turned on and your virus scanner up-to-date, just in case. I don’t endorse these sites, these are just what I found using search engines.

 

 
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