Monday kicked off our Advent house tradition and the return of some of our family's Christmas favorites.
The littles and Hubby decorated our gingerbread house. I have nearly 90 pictures of the decorating process so plans are to give the event its own write up, but for now it is safe to say that each and every year the little get more and more into this activity.
Our traditional Friday night pizza took a festive turn: Christmas trees with accompanying wreath salad. Peanut has turned into quite the helper as has requested that he be called "little elf" while working around the house.
We celebrated St. Nicholas on December 6th with clementines, chocolate coins and the return of Christmas Cocoa.
I'm quite certain a festive straw and sprinkles can cure any ailment in this house (at least for now). And FYI, we use 1/2 chocolate almond milk & 1/2 coconut milk frothed for a yummy, not so naughty treat.
And in the spirit of the season, the sprinkles and whipped cream made their way onto a pancake or two during our weekly Saturday morning family meeting.
We had a few more holly and jolly events not featured in our Advent house this week. Little M and I accompanied YiaYia and Bopi to a wonderful Christmas luncheon at the University. Sadly the live carolers were a bit much for M, so we ended up sitting far away from them and the festive decor, but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.
The boys wanted to help me bake a few goodies...the picture says it all.
And this weekend is both picture day and dress rehearsal for Nutcracker. I grabbed a few covert shots, one of the perks of being a volunteer. Fear not, we also ordered the official shots to frame and reminisce over during Christmases to come.
With that I am off to bed. Tomorrow holds one of the greatest Advent treats of all...brunch with the big Elf himself & the littles don't have a clue! Fingers crossed we don't have a repeat of last year.