When I moved to France, I had to get rid of almost all of the things I had collected through the years. There were only a few special mementos that made the big trip over the ocean. These mostly stayed in the boxes since we usually spent our Christmas holiday traveling.
This year however, with Baby #2 making his appearance any day now we knew that our holiday would be spent in France. While I was sad to not be with my entire family, I was determined to make it a memorable "family Christmas" for us and out came all of the decorations.
One of my favorites was this angel advent calendar that I've had for over 6 years. She has made the move with me all over the US and now all over France. I have yet to use her, but since Nathan is now 2 years old I really wanted to start the advent tradition with him.
I showed Nathan the angel and explained that every day he had to move the tree to the right date and take out the "treat" inside. He was more interested in finding the treats than hearing me talk.
I'm hoping to fill this with different treats every day, be it chocolates or a small toy. He is still too young for the "daily activities" so for now this will have to do.
It also feels so good to have started a family tradition that we can continue in the years to come. No matter where we spend Christmas.