Once the studying and the finals are over, I permit myself to think about plans for Christmastime. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite things to do. This list might be very similar to your list (or maybe not). Either way, I hope you enjoy reading it!
1. When we need a break from studying for finals, my roommates and I always make paper snowflakes to hang around our apartment. One of my friends made this awesome BYU snowflake!
2. I always have friends over for a craft party at my house. In the past we have made a Christmas banner, a Christmas frame, and even some Christmas cards.
3. Speaking of Christmas cards, it is a family tradition of ours to send out homemade Christmas cards. We make over 200 cards to send out to our family and friends. Enclosed is a fancily folded letter about the happenings of our family in the past year. Here is a picture of last year’s card and the cards that took over our kitchen table:
4. In Ohio, we normally get lots of snow, so naturally we go out and play in it!
We build tunnels, we build snowmen, we throw snowballs, we go down the playground slide like it’s a snow roller coaster, we make snow angels, and we even go sledding! Once we’re cold enough, we head inside for some hot chocolate!
5. Sometime before Christmas we have a “Great Cookie Bake,” where my Grandma comes over and we make tons and tons of cookies. Spritz cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cookies, frosted sugar cookies… you name it, we’re probably baking it!
6. Another tradition that we have is every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas each person in my family writes something that they are thankful for on a small slip of paper and puts it inside a little Christmas box. On Christmas Eve, we read each of them because gratitude is our gift to Jesus due to the wonderful gift that He is to us.
6. On Christmas Eve, it is a night of giving. Each of us has drawn a name of one of our siblings out of a hat and carefully chosen a gift for them that they get to open that night. We also read some special Christmas books that night.
7. On Christmas morning, we read the Christmas story from the Bible, open gifts, eat a yummy breakfast, and spend time with our family. My Grandma always makes a birthday cake for Jesus and we sing Happy Birthday.
8. Every year we drive to Kirtland, Ohio to see the nativity display at the Visitor’s Center. Pictured below is a nativity from the Philippines made out of recycled newspaper and a knitted nativity made in Peru. It is neat to see the different cultures that all represent the same event but with different materials from around the world.
9. When my cousins come into town at Christmas, we always go ice skating. It’s one of our very favorite things to do in the winter time. We don’t know any tricks on ice, but we still like going around and around.
10. Finally, something I think we should all do is catch up on sleep! So… Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!