Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Activities

It's only the 9th of December and we are in full holiday swing at the Hess home. We started preparing and celebrating Christmas right after our Thanksgiving meal. I love this time of year. I love the music, the lights, the overall feeling of good will; I love Christmas spirit. It has been so very fun to take the boys on little Christmas adventures. Nothing tops living the excitement of Christmas through a little one's eyes. It's crazy to me to think that many of the activities are firsts for my children. Yes, I know they have only been on this earth for two and three years, but it's hard for me to fathom never having seen The Grinch's heart grow three sizes, or telling Santa what you want for Christmas for the first time, or realizing that you can make an entire house out of cookies, frosting and candy. Christmas truly is a magical time of the year!

So far we have happily participated in the following holiday activities:

  • Lights at Temple Square - We went to Temple Square early this year, remembering how bitterly cold it has been in the past. It was a bit chilly, but much milder than it is late December. As always the lights around the temple were beautiful. I especially love the nativity that sits upon the water in front of the temple.

  • Festival of Trees - We are big fans of the Festival of Trees. I haven't missed attending the festival in years. It is always on the top of my list of places to go in December. This year we were able to go on a Thursday morning, which was much less busy and better with two toddlers in tow. Greg's favorite tree was a Lego themed tree, my favorite tree was a tree based on the movie A Christmas Story, Palmer's favorite tree was a snowman tree, Brody's favorite tree was a firetruck tree. The boys had so much fun playing in the kids' corner. They especially enjoyed being inside a big bubble. We also made sure to check out the amazing gingerbread houses.

  • Elves at Gardener Village - This was a new outing for all of us. We've gone to see the witches at Gardener Village for the past three years, but I didn't even know they displayed elves until this year. The boys got excited about each elf we found, and we made sure to drop into the candy store and the toy store for even more fun.

  • Gingerbread House - Another new adventure for our family was making a gingerbread house. Greg impulsively put it in our cart at Costco, and we are so glad he did. It was great fun putting it together with the boys. They had a great time decorating and a great time eating the extra candy. It currently sits on our bookshelf; we have debated if we should display it all month or rip into it and enjoy its sweetness.

  • Walk with Santa - The local fitness center does an annual Walk with Santa. Santa comes riding in on a firetruck (to Brody's utter delight! Brody is all about firetrucks lately) counts down to the lighting of the trees outside the building, and then leads those in attendance on a walk around the park to look at blow up holiday characters. Then everyone goes inside to sit on Santa's lap, get their faces painted and go on a candy cane hunt. It's makes for a fun, and free night.

1 comment:

Rie Pie said...

You and Greg are such great parents. I love reading about your little family outings - and it looks as though the Hess family has done quite the bundle of them. :) This was a fun post. I'm so grateful for the Christmas spirit, or as Eyring said in this year's Christmas devotional, "The Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit." Love ya!!