A small town girl making the big city home. She loves everything DC, and is slowly introducing her one-year-old to the world of Smithsonians, monuments, cherry blossoms and the DMV. A perfect day in town would include breakfast at Eastern Market (or Founding Farmers), checking out the National Gallery of Art, a burger and/or shake at Good Stuff or sandwich from Taylor Made, the two mile walk around the monuments, and cupcakes from Sprinkles (or Georgetown Cupcake if the line isn't forever long) to go.

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Children’s Holiday Stories Advent in December

A Christmas Tree in the White House

Before becoming a mother, the holidays meant events. Work parties. Ugly Sweater parties. White Elephant exchanges with friends. Cookie exchanges. Parties. Parties. Parties.

And well, let’s just say, post baby holidays are a bit… slower.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

In fact, I love being able to focus on starting new traditions with her.

I remember as a kid cutting sugar cookies with my mom, being woken up at 2 a.m. by my dad coming to snuggle with his daughters, claiming he heard reindeer on the rooftop. We never slept after that! I loved my grandmother’s tree– decked out in birds each year.

These are a few of the things I want to carry on. These are the sort of traditions I want my children to remember.

But I’m also hoping to start a few of my own.

I want to have a large advent calendar. I want to make ornaments each year. I want there to be an elf… on my shelf!

I have to keep reminding myself– all in due time.

One new tradition we began last year: collecting holiday themed children’s books. We hope to have our collection finished in the next two years or so– slowly building up to 31.

The books we have so far include a handful of story books I grew up with. And we’ve also found few new favorites to add to the mix. I especially loved coming across a couple of DC holiday stories, A Christmas Tree in the White House and The 12 Days of Christmas in Washington DC. What kid won’t love reading a book based in her hometown?!

My favorite holiday stories for kids:

Inspiration for Holiday story advent, found here.

If you think I’m missing a story, please let me know!


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