One of our favorite parts of celebrating the holidays with our kiddos is building on the seasonal traditions we grew up with. Inspired by so many of our friends who are creating new traditions for their little ones, we teamed up with Jamie Dorobek of Creating Really Awesome Free Things (C.R.A.F.T.), an awesome crafter and mom to toddler, Maxwell, with a daughter on the way, as she creates all new holiday traditions and memories for her family. Jamie came up with a fun take on Advent calendars that replaces tiny chocolates with books and quality family time. Take it away, Jamie!
One of my fondest childhood Christmas memories is doing the Advent calendar with my five siblings. The anticipation of what was hiding in the next pocket and the countdown to Christmas was so much fun! I’ve been extra excited about starting an Advent calendar tradition with my son, Maxwell, this holiday season.
I decided I wanted to make our calendar a little more interactive and include family activities, books, and treats to hide in the pockets each day. I fell in love with the giant, hand-painted, winking Santa advent from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s an Advent calendar and a beautiful holiday decoration. I also love that the pockets are camouflaged and that the child has to “hunt” for the correct day. It adds another element of fun to the Advent tradition!
One holiday tradition we can’t wait for every year involves one cheery town with a love of Christmas. Whether we’re catching up with all the Whos down in Whoville in the movie or taking the whole family to a performance of the musical, we can’t miss watching how all of Whoville gets the Grinch to grow his heart by three sizes and join in the Christmas carving of the roast beast. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is touring cities throughout the US now, and we had the opportunity to ask nine-year-old Genny Gagnon, one of the girls playing the cutest little Who, Cindy Lou Who, all about life in Whoville and traveling the country as part of one of our favorite holiday traditions.
When little kids are in the house, the holidays are filled with all new levels of fun introducing them to the traditions we celebrated at their age and creating our own family memories for them to look back years from now. Inspired by how we’ve seen friends and loved ones teach their children the meaning of the season, we partnered with Mother Mag to see how one mama is creating new customs that her daughters will look forward to year after year.
Head over to Mother to see how mom, Allie, decorates her house with Pottery Barn Kids and imparts her love of Switzerland and its straight-from-a-winter-wonderland style of holiday celebrations with her children.
Stringing together flower crowns is a spring and summer tradition with our kids, and we’re so excited to have discovered a way to keep this favorite activity going in the fall thanks to our friends at Beijos Events. The autumnal substitute for flowers? Leaves! Follow the instructions below from the Beijos ladies for a leaf crown DIY that will become a Thanksgiving custom.
Time to celebrate! We are officially less than a month away from the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens™. And we’re only a little (OK, a whole LOT) excited. So excited, in fact, that we’re throwing a Star Wars marathon viewing party to prepare for Dec. 18, when Episode VI hits theaters. Can one family make it through six movies, The Original Trilogy and the Prequels, in one night? With the help of a Star Wars-themed snack bar and fun DIYs crafted by StarWars.com writer, Jenn Fujikawa, they certainly can!
There’s a little secret about holiday dinners we need you to know: the kids’ table is the place to be. All the fascinating questions, life musings, and silly stories happening at this smaller table make for a pretty eventful dinner conversation. Because the memories being made there are just as important as what’s happening with the grown-ups, we love the idea of creating a space for the kids at Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners that is just as beautiful and memorable as the adults’ zone. The lovely ladies of Beijos Events dreamed up an incredible pint-sized Thanksgiving tablescape that we had to share. Read on for three ways to style a kids’ table the adults will be jealous of, as inspired by these festive photos.
This holiday season we’re all about staying in and creating unforgettable memories with family and friends in our homes. To help you celebrate and decorate your own holiday moments, we’re giving a $2,500 Pottery Barn Kids shopping spree to one lucky follower. Share your holiday style moments with us by uploading a picture to Instagram using #BeHomeTogether and tagging @potterybarnkids.