This is our first Christmas in our new, DIY house. It’s also a Christmas where we’re starting new traditions for our little ones. Little C is 4 years old and Baby A is 2, so we’re still sorting out what our Christmas traditions will be that are unique to our little family.

First off, I’m having far too much fun decorating a real, live house! It has a staircase and everything (which I’m SO not used to)! We have room for a tree this year! We have a mantel! These are things that I’m decorating this year that I’m quite sure I’ll continue to do with my family in years to come.

Colourful Christmas Tree - The DIY Mommy

I’ve added even more colours to our tree decor this year and I think it looks so pretty against all of the grey in our living room. It’s fun and casual, which both the girls and I love! The gold chevron ribbon is the same ribbon I used for my DIY bows on our staircase.

Colourful Christmas Tree - The DIY Mommy

Here’s the obligatory, blurry kids-in-front-of-the-tree photo.

My mom gave the girls a beautiful basket full of little, wrapped presents as an advent calendar. There’s a small gift to unwrap each day until Christmas – they’re Christmas movies, books or crafts. I think this will definitely be a tradition we’ll keep!

Fill a basket with small, wrapped presents to open each day of Advent! Christmas books, movies, crafts, puzzles...

I’m also really liking the idea of focusing on giving before receiving gifts. I think this printable Christmas giving list will be a yearly tradition.

And the last thing? Having the children enjoy making their own little Christmas wish lists, of course!

This was the first year ever that Little C has encountered a Sears catalogue, and you should have seen her. I gave her a felt pen and told her to circle the things that she liked (explaining that they were ideas for Christmas gifts) and she looked at me wide-eyed:

“I can CIRCLE things in this book?”

I nodded, and she eagerly flipped through the Sears Toy Book with felt marker in hand and spent the next hour asking me questions and circling ideas. (I remember leafing through Sears catalogues when I was little too!) It was one of those full circle moments…. no pun intended.

Little C and the Sears Toy Book

(Little C’s top picks were anything princess related, a Hello Kitty microphone and a beautiful vanity.)

Sears is also hosting an amazing contest on right now called the Sears Wishes of Joy Contest on now until December 15 where you can SHARE your wish lists (to win!) PLUS many more opportunities to win up to $10,000 in prizes. It’s lots of fun! Head on over to the Sears Wishes of Joy Contest website to enter now.

What are your family’s Christmas traditions? Or, like us, are you still deciding what they are?

Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Mom Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.