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The holiday season is so special to me and has been since I was a little girl. I am teaming up with Gymboree today to tell you about our holiday traditions and what we love to do with the kids during the holiday season! For the last few years one of our favorite things to do is go on The North Pole Express train. It's insane because it books up SO fast months beforehand but lucky for us we have a friend who books an entire train for all of us! We all dress in our holiday pajamas and head onto the train! Our oldest is 4 this year and I know that she will be more excited than ever to meet Santa and his whole crew on the North Pole Express.
Once we get home on Christmas Eve, we make sure to write our notes to Santa along with setting out some cookies and milk. We tuck the girls in after reading the Night Before Christmas and prepare for the morning after they are in bed! There is so much magic during the holidays and I hope that I instill in them, what my mother instilled in me when I was a little girl.
Gymboree has some amazing options for holiday jams for the little ones. Liv picked out the pajamas for her brother and sister and loves them! Every Christmas Eve we head to my family's party and when it's over, the girls snuggle up in their pajamas for the car ride home. We also implemented a tradition from when I was a little girl. After all the presents are opened and our tummies are full, one of the adults sneaks outside and rings the "angel bells", which means that Santa is on his way and we need to get in the car to go home! It was one of my favorite parts about Christmas Eve and the magic of it all!
This year will also be the first year that I introduce an advent calendar! We scooped one up that will go in their playroom and I am going to fill them in with stickers, pencils, little games and things I can find at the dollar store! Do you use an advent calendar? What do you typically fill yours in with?! Once the girls & Miles are a bit older, we plan to volunteer at a few places in our community as well. Giving back is the most important part of the holiday season and I was to introduce the girls to the importance of it while they are young!
Lastly, we will most definitely be watching Elf on repeat. Actually, if I am being honest, we already started watching it back in September! If you had a chance to see our Halloween Costumes here, you'll know how much we love Elf! 😉 Other close contenders? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Polar Express! What are your favorite holiday movies?! My favorite movie to watch with my girlfriends is Love Actually!
The holidays truly are the #besttimetobeakid and I love that this Gymboree campaign expresses that perfectly through this holiday line! Happy Holiday Season everyone!