From the time Baby Taco was born, I’ve been on a mission to start holiday traditions for her to look forward to each year. We’ve already taken Baby Taco apple picking at the start of the Fall. We drove out to Pennings Orchard one weekend and had a blast!
Baby Taco was too young to interact with the animals, but she liked seeing the apple trees and coincidentally, apples are currently her favorite food! We went about a month ago and have just finished our huge sack of apples. Kim made apple sauce in the crock pot and it was the best I’d ever had! We want to go one more time just for the apples – they’re crisp and deliciously sweet.
We were planning on pumpkin picking too, but the crappy weather put a damper on those plans.
Anyway, this year, we’re headed to El Paso to spend Thanksgiving with ST’s family. So I’m already researching and planning Christmas traditions.
One thing in particular that I’ve been excited to make for Baby Taco is an Advent calendar. Growing up, we never celebrated the Advent, at least, not in a way that I could understand. A couple years ago, ST and I started attending a new church that focuses on Advent season as much as Christmastime itself. That got me thinking about how I could get Baby Taco into the holiday season.
I spent a ridiculous mount of time on Pinterest researching Advent calendars. I found a bunch of beautiful but very expensive fabric ones. Even Starbucks makes an Advent calendar each year. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to make one for Baby Taco each year and I plan to copy Mindy Pitcher’s amazing idea using toilet paper tubes!
Each night in December, ST and I will read Bible stories to Baby Taco and we’ll open one of the tubes to uncover a little treat. I’m thinking about buying hair clips, onesies, and other small items to stuff in the tubes. Kim has also gotten into crocheting, so I’ll ask her to make some mittens for her. I plan on using my favorite flash sale sites to hunt down the cutest bargains: Frugaa, Tanga, and Jane. My craft stash includes a ton of tissue paper and I have already massed quite a collection toilet paper tubes! I will of course make one for Leela too and fill it with all her favorite treats!